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Kings of Leon in “Glee” Blast

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The usually upbeat “Glee” attracted controversy today after its creator unleashed a foul-mouthed attack on rock band, The Kings of Leon’s refusal to allow the series use their song, “Use Somebody”.

At the time of “Glee” producers’ request, the band’s drummer, Nathan Followill, says the band had not seen the show.

From there, the argument escalated. “Glee” producer, Ryan Murphy ranted, “ “F**k you, Kings of Leon”. He used their refusal to allow their song to appear on “Glee” to argue it robbed children of a chance to see other kids playing the band’s songs and perhaps join a glee club or learn to play an instrument. For Murphy, the effects go way beyond “Glee”. “OK, hate on arts education” as he put it.

Is that a little bit of an exaggeration? Does “Glee” really have such an impressive social education role or is just a light entertainment show?

Regardless of that, Followill seems to have gone at least a little too far in his Twitter reply to Ryan Murphy. It sounded more like a homophobic rant than measured criticism of the producer: “Let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating seven year-olds how to say f***.”

Followill has apologized sincerely, in comments posted in both NME magazine and the Sun newspaper, and Murphy’s response to the Kings of Leon was dignified and humorous: “I’m all for manicures, don’t wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don’t.”

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