THE LIST: The Creator of ‘Glee’
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Ironically, Ryan Murphy is not full of “Glee”
If you’re ever in business talks with Ryan Murphy (the creator and producer of Glee) I hope for your sake you accept his demands. Because he does not take rejection well. Recently, Murphy called the Kings of Leon self-centered assholes and said that Slash’s career is over. Why the anger filled attacks? Because they both dared to refuse him permission to use their songs on Glee. But I’m pretty sure he’s wrong… on both accounts.
To bring you up to speed, Murphy wanted to include a couple Guns N’ Roses songs on a Glee episode. Slash (former GN’R lead guitarist) refused, later explaining to EW that “Glee is worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough… Actually, I look at Grease now and think: Between High School Musical and Glee, Grease was a brilliant work of art.”
Murphy was offended by the comments and attacked Slash’s intelligence, saying “Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they’re uneducated and quite stupid.” Wow!! Harsh!! And quite incorrect!!! Especially since Slash is currently on tour with Myles Kennedy. Slash also plays in the commercially successful Velvet Revolver. And performed during the half- time show at this years Super Bowl. It seems to me that if you are performing at the half time show of the most watched television show of all time, your career probably isn’t quite over yet.
Murphy also wanted to use the Kings of Leon song Use Somebody but the band declined. Murphy responded, six months later that is, by saying, “F— you, Kings of Leon… They’re self-centered assholes. and they miss the big picture… 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 to Murphy’s anger, Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill told 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… 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.”
Alright, now that you’re up to date…
Ryan Murphy get over yourself!! You probably wrote a script, featuring great songs from these awesome bands and you got pissed because you had to do a little rewrite! To clarify I personally don’t have anything against Glee! I’ve only ever seen one episode, ironically the one after the Super Bowl, you know when Slash performed with the Black Eyed Peas.
No band owes you the rights to any song Mr. Murphy and that doesn’t mean they hate you or are attacking you or your show. They’ll continue to leave the attacks up to you. Maybe these bands just have their own style and Glee just isn’t it. On top of that, artists are not writing music and touring relentlessly for decades, sometimes more to create memorable songs, only to have you do a quick rearrangement and make a ton of money off of their work. And again if you’re so talented and educated, go write some original songs, make them extraordinarily popular, then put them on your show. You “self-centered asshole”! Your words not mine.