The war of words between [artist id="1233888"]Kings Of Leon[/artist] and “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy is heating up. After Murphy pointedly said “f— you” to the band in an interview for a Hollywood Reporter cover story, adding that he thinks KOL are “self-centered a–holes,” the group’s drummer shot back with a pointed response on Wednesday (January 26).
“Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go,” Followill tweeted in response to Murphy’s criticism of the band for not allowing the show to use their mega-hit “Use Somebody” in an episode last year. “See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say f—.”
The battle quickly heated up when Murphy shot back at Nathan, condemning him for what he deemed homophobic comments.
“Just read Nathan Followill’s Tweet,” Murphy told Perez Hilton on Wednesday. “In which he implied I should ‘get a manicure and buy a bra.’ Wow. That’s a homophobe badly in need of some education. I’m all for manicures, don’t wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don’t. But 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.”
Followill was quick to respond to Murphy’s response, tweeting, “I’m sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic. I’m so not that kind of person. I really do apologize.”
Murphy had told the Reporter that he thought KOL had “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.”
Murphy had held his tongue following comments by KOL last summer that they passed up an offer to have their music on “Glee” because they didn’t want to appear like they “sold out.”
But after he lashed out at the group in the cover story, Kings singer Caleb Followill was a bit surprised at the vehement reaction from Murphy, telling the Reporter in response that he and the band were a bit shocked at the legs the story has had. “This whole ‘Glee’ thing is a shock to us,” Followill said. “It’s gotten out of hand. 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']. 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.”
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