A few months ago, "Glee" wanted to deploy "Use Somebody" and naturally petitioned Kings of Leon for rights to the song. KOL said no. That was that. Now this: Ryan Murphy, "Glee" chief launched a verbal tirade against the band in the Hollywood Reporter today.
It's really quite a remarkable spectacle and begs the question: Has Murphy completely lost his mind? Or is his arrogance so vast and over-vaunted that he doesn't hear what he's saying or see what apparently he's become?
If you don't get a song, move on. Why torch the band? Bizarre. Here's the exchange:
"-- you, Kings of Leon,” he says in THR's cover story, out this week. “They’re self-centered -- 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 an exclusive statement, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill tells THR: “This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were over promoting[“Use Somebody”]. 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.”