I do not like Glee, and I do not like the rock band Kings of Leon, and thanks to some kind of ridiculous pissing-match rivalry between the two dubious forms of entertainment, I now have a reason to dislike them both even more.
As the story goes, last year Kings of Leon refused to let Glee adapt one of their songs called “Use Somebody.” Being as how the show is annoying and the song is annoying, I would have thought these were two great annoying tastes that taste annoyingly great together, but whatever, band prerogative, right? So they didn't want a bunch of pretend high school kids Auto-Tuning their way through the song. Who cares?
Well, apparently Glee creator Ryan Murphy did, because he totally went off to The Hollywood Reporter about the perceived diss:
"Fuck you, Kings of Leon. They're self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It's like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music."
First of all, if your angry rant starts out with the phrase, "Fuck you, Kings of Leon," you maaaaaaybe need to get a grip.
Leon frontman Caleb Followill publicly responded to Murphy's statement, saying,
“At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. (…) This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”
Meanwhile, the band’s drummer Nathan Followill took the low road, jumping on Twitter to run his stupid-hole:
“Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say fuck.”
In conclusion, all the people in this situation are behaving like complete and utter douchebags. Kings of Leon is a band who once canceled a show because a pigeon took a dump on the bass player, and Ryan Murphy is the executive producer of a "Glee spin-off reality competition." I'm just saying, I think we should put them in a room and let them bitch-slap it out until someone starts crying.