Published Jan 26, 2011Southern rockers Kings of Leon have never been too shy to call out the people that piss them off. Whether you're a faceless flash-in-the-pan hipster or a more well-known helmet-wearing hipster, if you anger the Followill clan, chances are you're going to hear about it in the press. The latest beef the band are dealing with, however, seems to raise more ire from the opposing team, in this case the people behind TV phenomenon Glee .
A recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter found Glee creator Ryan Murphy unleashing a foul-mouthed tirade over the band, who apparently snubbed the show by refusing to license their arena anthems to the program. Aside from not linking themselves to the hit show, Murphy is tearing the Kings a few new ones for missing out on an opportunity to connect with kids in school-based music programs.
"Fuck you, Kings of Leon," Murphy said. "They're self-centred assholes, and they missed 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."
A statement from Kings lead singer Caleb Followill explains that the whole debacle is a huge misunderstanding. Trying to cool down the situation, here's what he had to say:
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.
If you're displeased with that relatively level-headed response, you will be glad to know that drummer Nathan Followill is keeping the beef alive. Earlier today (January 26), the percussionist hinted via his Twitter account that Murphy is the one setting a bad example for the youth of today.
"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," he posted.
He later apologized for his remarks, admitting they might be a bit harsh.
"I'm sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic. I'm so not that kind of person. I really do apologize."