Not all Gleekers are created equal. If you’re a devoted Gleek, you’ll likely remember the brohuahua that broke out when Glee creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy bust a blood vessel when musicians like Kings of Leon and former Guns ‘N Roses guitarist Slash turned up their drumsticks at the thought of having their music covered on the Emmy-winning program.
Murphy branded Kings of Leon “self-centred assholes” and Slash the equivalent of a rock ‘n roll hasbeen after they told him he couldn’t use their hits in his show. Can you believe some people’s chutzpah? For those not familiar with Ry’s now-infamous rant, allow us to refresh your memory:
“Fuck you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy in a January interview with The AV Club. “They’re self-centred assholes, and they’re missing the big picture. They missed that a seven-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.”
He added: “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.”
Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl doesn’t take kindly to such chat. Shocking, we know. The rocker recently sat down with The Hollywood Reporter and told the publication that he has no interest in allowing his band’s songs to be featured on the musical-comedy. He also made no qualms about his thoughts on Ryan’s assumption that every artist would want to have their tracks used on television.
“It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do fucking Glee. And then the guy who created ‘Glee’ is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his fucking show . Fuck that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee,” he thundered angrily.
“Then [Murphy’s] like, ‘Well, of course he’d say that, he’s a washed up old rock star, that’s what they fucking do.’ And then Kings of Leon say, ‘No, we don’t want to be on your show.’ And then he’s like, ‘Snotty little assholes…’ And it’s just like, ‘Dude, maybe not everyone loves ‘Glee’. Me included.”