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.”