GLEE CREATOR VS. KINGS OF LEON
First, Kings of Leon says the band turned down a request by the producers of Glee to use some of the their songs in a future episode (the band reportedly felt that allowing their music to be used on the series would be “selling out”).
A few weeks later, Glee producer Ian Brennan reported that the series never made any such request: “The Kings of Leon thing I didn’t really understand because we didn’t approach them, I don’t know where that came from,” Brennan said in a conference call.
Much ado about nothing suddenly became a full-on feud when Glee creator Ryan Murphy appeared affirm Kings of Leon’s version of things when he discussed the controversy with The Hollywood Reporter in a Jan. 27 article: “F— you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy told the magazine. “They’re self-centered a–holes, 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.”
In response, Kings of Leon’s drummer, Nathan Followill, tweeted: “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 f—” (the post has since been removed).
On the gossip site PerezHilton.com, Murphy reportedly called Followill’s tweet homophobic: “I’m all for manicures, don’t wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don’t. But it’s telling that Nathan can reduce a group of people to a mean-spirited cliché, in a time where young gay men are killing themselves all over the country because of hatred like this.” Followill later apologized for his comment – at least to anyone that “misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic.”