The right to say no… to Glee

There is a firestorm brewing in America that threatens to tear apart the very fabric of our society. That storm is….Glee. Wait, what? ok, maybe i oversold a bit. But there is (another) glee controversy going on  and it has to do with the music played on it.

Not so long ago, Glee reached out to Kings of Leon to use their music on the show. The Kings, without much fanfare, refused. In response the creator of glee went out and did press where he said this:

“F— you, Kings of Leon,” Murphy relayed via the magazine. “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. 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.”

First of all, when did Glee become about music education? it’s a nighttime soap written for adults and marketed at kids. There is 1,000 things about this show that prove week after week that it’s not a show about turning kids on to music education.

Secondly, since when does a band not have the right to manage their music how they see fit? we’re always talking about the big bad labels forcing bands to sell their souls and steal their money, but how is this any different? Just because a show is popular the creator of that show has the right to bash you in public because you don’t give him what he wants? Of course, like all things, this disintegrated into a pissing match with Tweets and sound bites flying back and forth, because everyone likes a train wreck and Glee as a whole is a publicity whore. Now all this furor died down about a month ago, so why am i, the cutting edge blogger (drip some sarcasm here) just blogging about it now?

Friday night Elton John went on Jimmy Fallon and somehow managed to get on the subject, even going so far as to call Kings Of Leon Assholes. Watch the video HERE

Well, Elton John, just remember, just because you are selling your music rights to anyone that will take them and appearing on every show you can book yourself on, Doesn’t mean that Kings of Leon or any other band are as desperate or as soon to be irrelevant as you. You hit caracature level ten years ago, so maybe you should start being more picky about who you let butcher your classics and then go write some good new music.

Now, you’re probably thinking “that’s just one isolated incedent, things got heated, what’s the big deal?”

The big deal is,about two weeks before he went after KOL he also went on the record calling guitarist Slash “stupid” because he wouldn’t sign of on Guns-n-Roses songs being used on the show. Slash said that Glee was worse than Grease and he hates Grease. Murphy responded with “I Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over; they’re uneducated and quite stupid.”

Well Ryan, when your career lasts half as long as Slash’s, we’ll talk.

Then, just t put the cherry on top, after being refused by the Foo Fighters Murphy once again ran to Twitter and complained. Dave Grohl responded with  “You shouldn’t have to do fucking Glee. And then the guy who created Glee is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his fucking show. Fuck that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do Glee”.  About the show itself, Dave is more cautious: “I watched 10 minutes. It’s not my thing”.

So what do you think? Had Glee’s Ryan Murphy gotten to big for himself? Let’s remember, Glee only attracts around 7 million veiwers per week. By contrast American idol averages 21 million and NCIS averages 12 million. So Glee, while solid, isn’t nearly the juggernaut that the press and it’s creators seem to think it is and a show like this can always be one bad musical number away from jumping the shark.


for a real writers take on Glee, check out this ARTICLE


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