Over the summer we reported Kings of Leon shot down Glee's request to have Rachel Berry and crew cover 'Use Somebody.' The hit show's creator Ryan Murphy still isn't over the band's claim that allowing their music on 'Glee' would make them sellouts.
Sorry, Ryan, but about half of JSYK readers said the band was right to decline the offer.
"F*** you, Kings of Leon," Ryan said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, "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. It's like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of 'Glee' all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music."
The band's drummer Nathan Followill did not care for the Cee Lo Green that Ryan dropped on them and took to Twitter to criticize Ryan for his word choice. Unfortunately, he also threw in some pretty homophobic insults as well, we won't bother to publish them here. Ryan responded saying, "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."
Do we even want to hear New Directions sing 'Use Somebody' at this point? Yes, it would have been AMAZING. But it didn't work out. Everyone should move on. KOL's Caleb Followill put it best with this comment he made before the recent drama broke out:
"At the time of the request, we hadn't even seen the show," Caleb says. "It came at the end of that record cycle and we were over promoting 'Use Somebody.' This was never meant as a slap in the face to 'Glee' or to music education or to fans of the show. We're not sure where the anger is coming from. We just said no to a license for a TV show, which we do a lot."
Kings of Leon isn't the first band to diss 'Glee.' Coldplay initially said no to the show's request to use their music. Eventually they came to their senses and gave Ryan Murphy the okay (side note: Coldplay's lead man Chris Martin is married to recent 'Glee' guest star Gwyneth Paltrow. Coincidence? We're just saying.)
Should Kings of Leon follow in Coldplay's path and change their minds?