And the gloves are off!
Glee creator Ryan Murphy has rekindled a six-month-old feud with Kings of Leon.
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Murphy took a swipe at the band that famously turned down the show’s request to use the song, ‘Use Somebody’ for fear of “selling out”.
“F--- you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centred a---holes, and they missed the big picture,” he said.
Murphy added: “They missed that a seven-year-old 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… You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”
Kings of Leon replied twice, once, in a polite statement from frontman Caleb:
“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… We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot.”
… and once, in a less polite tweet from drummer Nathan:
“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 f---.”
Speaking to PerezHilton, Murphy returned serve:
“Just read Nathan Followill's tweet… in which he implied I should ‘get a manicure and buy a bra’. Wow. That's a homophobe badly in need of some education. I'm all for manicures, don't wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don't. But it's telling that Nathan can reduce a group of people to a mean-spirited cliché, in a time where young gay men are killing themselves all over the country because of hatred like this.
“That said, I would love to sit down with Nathan or any member of Kings and Leon, and tell them how on Glee we actually love their music, and support their artistry…but cannot condone or even laugh at their clear disdain of gay people.”
Nathan later issued a Twitter apology.