Whilst accusing Slash of being “uneducated and quite stupid" after he rejected a request to use Guns N' Roses' music on Glee, the shows creator, Ryan Murphy has attacked Kings of Leon for also publicly rejecting an offer to have their music feature in an episode of the hit series.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Murphy said that the band are "self-centered assholes" and that they "missed the big picture"; being the opportunity to inspire kids to get involved with the arts.
"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," Murphy explained. "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.”
When asked to comment on Murphy’s anger toward the band for rejecting the show, frontman Caleb Followill seemed confused: "This whole Glee thing is a shock to us...At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were over promoting [‘Use Somebody’]."
Followill further clarified that his band did not intend to snub the show and its fans, much less disrespect anyone involved in music education.
However, Kings drummer, Nathan Followill seems to have adopted an alternative view to his bandmate and brother. He posted a Tweet suggesting that the producer "see a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra." The Tweet has since been deleted but not before Followill also told Murphy to "zip your lip and focus on educating seven-year-olds how to say fuck...."
In an email statement to Perez Hilton, Murphy accused Nathan of being a homophobe, noting that "most gay dudes" do not wear bras. Murphy told Hilton that while the creative team on Glee loves Kings of Leon's music, he "cannot condone or even laugh at their clear disdain of gay people."
Later Nathan tweeted that he was sorry for his comments, and insisted that he did not intend to seem homophobic or misogynistic.