Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Kings of Leon vs. Glee? I'll Take Kings of Leon

Let me start this post by saying that I am not a fan of either Kings of Leon or Glee. KOL are a decent band, but not one that finds its way onto my personal playlist very often.

Recently, a "war" broke out between Glee creator Ryan Murphy and the band over KOL's refusal to allow Glee to use its songs. Rather than acknowledging that there are some people out there who do not like Glee, Murphy lashed out at the band in a childish way. "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."

Seems like a bit of an overreaction, no? Maybe Kings of Leon don't care about appealing to seven year olds, or people who like musicals, or maybe they don't license their music for TV, or maybe - gasp! - they don't like Glee. Kings' drummer, Nathan Followill, tweeted the following in response to Murphy's tantrum, "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."

Personally, I think the tweet is pretty funny. Some, however, construed it to be homophobic. I'm guessing they mean the part about getting a manicure and a bra. I didn't read it that way. I think Followill was calling the guy a pussy, but not because he is gay. He is a pussy because he created such a lame show as Glee. Followhill apologized for any misunderstanding, but the original tweet is still there. Good for him.

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