Let the ‘Glee’ Backlash Begin

Friday, March 18 by

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.

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COMMENTS

  1. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Penn

    Completely agree with this. He manages to ignore the fact that “Glee” incidentally gets higher ratings. But I’m sure he’s really just doing the show so a 7 year-old joins a glee club. I read in the NYT that depressed glee club participation is the reason that America isn’t held in such high regard as it once was.


  2. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Anonymous

    hipster comment: i hated glee before the glee backlash.


  3. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Yves

    Fuck Glee & Fuck Ryan Murphy.


  4. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    GlEeK

    Fuck you…


  5. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    GJK

    FUCK YOU ASSHOLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    gleester :)

    I love glee but Dave is right…it’s every bands right! Ryan Murphy needs to stop getting his panties in a bunch when things don’t go his way.


  7. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    GRR

    GLEE IS FOR ANAL FISTING CUM GUZZLING FAGGOTS.


  8. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Penn

    But I like Glee! Oh…


  9. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Penn

    But I like Glee! Oh…


  10. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Penn

    FIGHT! FIGHT!


  11. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Morpheust

    like your mother?


  12. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Richard

    There is nothing wrong with anal fisting cum guzzling faggots.

    There is however somethign very wrong with faggots who don’t anally fist or guzzle cum, but sing about it instead.


  13. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Demosthenes

    Glee serves a much broader audience and message – joining a glee club isn’t the basis for story line, it is the metaphor for the message. Being an outcast and learning there is life after high school is — this is why there is such broad appeal. Perhaps you were one of the “cool kids” who never experience any of the humiliations or heart breaks that occur during these years. If so, rock on. For those of us who can identify with the message, we are glad to see alternative points of view presented for today’s kids.
    Your points are well taken regarding music, bands and their right to choose whether to appear, but don’t broaden your judgements to include the story lines. They don’t target the 7 year old demographic. Like the music or don’t, but don’t generalize about a program that is taking on topics that need to be addressed.


  14. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    MrScallop

    Great article. Great article.


  15. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    MJ

    I’m a gay man and I don’t watch Glee and I think Ryan Murphy is kind of a douche. The only thing I will say is OF COURSE a seven year old would be watching Glee. It’s very simplistic and immature storytelling with lots of pretty colours and sappy songs, not that different than Sesame Street really. I would much sooner recommend the show to a seven year old than an adult.


  16. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Ella Meade

    … Except that it’s too sexy. Er, I mean, “sexy” – these are kids, gross. :-)


  17. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Ella Meade

    Maybe I checked the show out too late to see that message. I was uncool in High School and I don’t like the show. And yes, I think the writing isn’t great.


  18. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Bam Bam Bigelow

    FAG


  19. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Vikinghorde

    Most Bands that say no do so because the Glee folks can sing it better and they know it. I only hope that they never want to use that crappy lifehouse stuff.


  20. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    whatthefuck

    GLEE MAKES ME PEE.


  21. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Scott

    Look. Keep the sexuality out of childrens lives. They should be allowed to be kids. Why do some feel that they have to parade in front of everyone about their sexuality? Keep it to yourselves. No one wants to see you.


  22. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Fuckglee

    somebody is a little biased, or was just picked on too much as a kid and thinks any show that addresses anything other than popular kids is somehow amazing. Truth be told all shows like glee should be canceled, all they do is play off of stupid people who fall for their empty morals when in reality its all about the money. that’s the real reason why ryan murphy is so pissed cuz he is beginning to run out of songs and ideas.


  23. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Fuckglee

    somebody is a little biased, or was just picked on too much as a kid and thinks any show that addresses anything other than popular kids is somehow amazing. Truth be told all shows like glee should be canceled, all they do is play off of stupid people who fall for their empty morals when in reality its all about the money. that’s the real reason why ryan murphy is so pissed cuz he is beginning to run out of songs and ideas.


  24. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Fuckglee

    somebody is a little biased, or was just picked on too much as a kid and thinks any show that addresses anything other than popular kids is somehow amazing. Truth be told all shows like glee should be canceled, all they do is play off of stupid people who fall for their empty morals when in reality its all about the money. that’s the real reason why ryan murphy is so pissed cuz he is beginning to run out of songs and ideas.


  25. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    JSchrembs

    Glee is the Obama of TV. All media spin, beloved by minions, and at the core is…godless and pathetic. and equates to the “Emperors New Clothes” syndrome.
    Over-rated and uses “bully tactics” when it does not get it’s way.
    Kudos to Slash and Kings of Leon for standing their ground.
    Nuff said.


  26. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Wtfwjd?

    The people who play in Glee are basically the same age as the bands that they do play, just have a younger look. The creator is a dumb person, good Foo Fighters, Slash, and Kings Of Leon for saying no..


  27. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    Rp4ever

    I’m not sure what’s worse: rabid Glee fans who defend the show to the death, or rabid Obama haters who go around making comments like this on totally unrelated articles. Get a f**king life. We’re talking about film and television over here, not politics.

    That said, Ron Paul 2012! ;)


  28. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    C-man

    Sorry douchington you lost all power when you dropped Ron Paul, that guy is a total tool. But hen again so is JSchrembs.


  29. March 18, 2011 2:25 pm

    dubs

    If shows that are only told for the money should be canceled, what would we watch? What do you think TV shows are made for? And if a show can help a loser feel better, isn’t that a good thing even if they are making money in the process? By the way, you sound a little biased yourself. Have you ever even watched Glee?