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March 21, 2011

Dave Grohl: I Hate Glee And The Show's Producer Can Go Hang

Sorry for the fluff -- I'm putting stuff in the sidebar but I'm not feeling "real news."

But this is something.

The overrated (and likely to go into a ratings dive) Glee uses a lot of music licensed from musicians, of course. Ryan Murphy, the show's producer, is reading his own press clippings and now thinks he's some kind of Music Jesus and that anyone who refuses to license their songs for his show -- in which they'll be camped up -- is a Judas.

The argument seems to have started when Murphy demanded the group Kings of Leon let him turn one of their songs into a campified joke and they said no.

Well, Murphy didn't like that. Not one bit.

Murphy tells THR: "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."

On Wednesday, hours after the THR story hit the web, Followill Tweeted: "Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say f---."

I think that last bit is about the show's appeal, superficially, as a silly sing-a-long show for young kids while it meanwhile is mostly about sex (and mostly gay stuff lately).

Slash of Guns N Roses also declined this super-big honor of having your songs being done by a scripted version of American Idol.

Well, they asked the Foo Fighters about one of their songs, and they refused. Former Nirvana drummer turned Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl is now telling Ryan Murphy off.

"It's every band's right, you shouldn't have to do f--king Glee," he said.

"But then the guy who created Glee is offended that we're not, like, begging to be on his f--king show. F--k that guy for thinking everybody should want to do Glee."

"The Glee guy, what a f--king jerk," Grohl adds. "Slash was first. [Glee] wanted to do Guns N' Roses. Slash is like 'I f--king hate musicals. It's worse than Grease.'"

"Then [Murphy's] like, 'Well of course he'd say that, he's a washed up rock star. That's what they do. Then Kings of Leon say, 'No, we don't want to be on your show.'"

"And then he's like, well, they're snotty little a$$holes. It's like, Dude, maybe not everyone loves Glee. Me included."

He pricked Murphy's balloon a little more, when asked if he's ever watched the show:

"I watched 10 minutes. It's not my thing."

It's a very minor thing, but I like that Grohl is standing up to a silly hysterical bully.

I know the show is popular with some people (including readers and cobloggers), but I doubt any of its fans are as convinced of the show's crucial centrality to culture and education as its idiot producer is.

Teaching Seven Year Olds to Say the F-Word: Now, this is a good song, and Gwynneth Paltrow does a decent job singing it, but is this really a show for seven year olds?

If seven-year-olds are watching Glee to learn -- learn stuff about appreciating music and "being themselves" or whatever -- what else are they learning about?

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posted by Ace at 12:58 PM

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