I’ve never seen an episode of Glee.” Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got nothing against it, other than the fact that even though I absolutely hate musicals and pop music, I’m constantly being told to “give it a chance.” But that’s hardly the show’s fault, so when it comes to “Glee,” I’m content to live and let live. Or so I thought.
While I can’t pretend to know much about the show I am more familiar with its creator, Ryan Murphy. He was also the creator of the plastic surgery drama, “Nip/Tuck,” and the director of Eat Pray Love, a film that, Allah willing, I will never have to sit through. But that’s not why I know him. I know Ryan Murphy because he’s been the star of two very public hissy fits.
One incident involved Slash, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist. After Slash turned down “Glee’s” request to use some of the band’s music, Murphy equate the rocker to a washed-up has been, and called his intelligence into question. Granted, Slash went on record stating his dislike for “Glee,” saying the show was “worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough,” before adding, “Actually, I look at Grease now and think ‘between High School Musical and “Glee,” Grease was a brilliant work of art.” Given the circumstances, it’s easy to see why Murphy replied in a less than tactful manner.
But the second incident, involving the band Kings of Leon, was much more confusing. After the band refused to allow their song “Use Somebody” to appear on “Glee,” Murphy went on a tirade against the group in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“F— you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-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.”
The self-importance is staggering. First of all, why the hell would a seven-year old be listening to Kings of Leon or watching “Glee?” Second, why is it the band’s job to inspire children to join a glee club or pick up an instrument? Third, why is “Glee” the only way to go about inspiring children toward music appreciation? And last but not least, who gives a shit if children appreciate music? Maybe I’m missing “the big picture,” but I couldn’t give a rats ass if some seven-year-old picks up an instrument or joins a glee club. I’d rather a show inspire them to get a god damn job and stay the hell off my lawn.
Apparently, I’m not the only one who had a real problem with Murphy’s pompous remarks (although I’m probably the least important). Today, Foo Fighters front man David Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins both criticized Murphy, with Hawkins going as far as to call him a “fucking jerk.” Grohl went on to say:
“It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do f—ing ‘Glee.’ And then the guy who created ‘Glee’ is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his f—ing show. … F— that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do ‘Glee.’ … I watched 10 minutes. It’s not my thing.”
So now I find myself rooting for a band I haven’t listened to in ten years as they crusade against a television show I’ve never even seen. And judging from the comment section on articles covering Grohl’s remarks, I’m far from alone. Why? Maybe the show is too over exposed. Maybe it’s because of the show’s overzealous fan base. Maybe it’s because of Murphy’s pompous attitude. Or maybe, deep down, a lot of people can’t stand teenagers and, or musicals. But whatever the reason, the “Glee” backlash has begun, and I’m happy about it.