Diva Ryan Murphy

Posted on February 2, 2011 by

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No, no – Forget you, Ryan Murphy.

By Gina Pusateri

OMG who wouldn’t want my autograph? Photo from nydailynews.com

Let’s talk about “Glee.”You don’t want to? You’re sick of it? Well too bad – this obnoxious fad is going to be around for at least another year or two.

The first season of “Glee” was a novelty, something to be enjoyed not only for its musical numbers, but also for its charismatic and fun (if sometimes snarky) ways of handling topical issues. Unfortunately, the show quickly headed into a downward spiral of plotless storylines that existed only to prop up Top 40 pop songs sung by celebrity guest stars and/or provide fodder for Sue Sylvester’s zingers.

Not only has the show suffered creatively (though by no means financially), but Ryan Murphy and co. bought into the hype (with the exception of Jane Lynch, because let’s face it: she’s all kinds of awesome). They turned from underdogs to bullies. Lea Michele and Dianna Agron stripped for GQ. Lea Michele was mean (SHOCK!) to an adorable young starlet. Lea Michele is a diva on the set (noticing a pattern here?).

But Michele’s behavior is not even the worst of the trouble with the “Glee.”

Murphy, who also produces the show, recently stole the Mega Bitch Tiara from Michele with his tirade against one band – Kings of Leon – that dared to just say “no” to the “Glee” phenomenon.

Back in August, Kings of Leon denied “Glee” the rights to use the band’s music. Nearly six months later, Murphy gave The Hollywood Reporter this timely response:

“Fuck 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. 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.”

“Popular” > “Glee.” The End.

Okay, wow.

First of all, I get that the success of “Glee” depends upon whether or not the show gets permission to use artists’ music. Without the songs, it’s just another boring show about high schoolers that isn’t even nearly as awesome as “Popular” once was (at least you did something right, Ryan Murphy).

That said, whenever asking permission, standard decorum dictates that one must assume that there will be one of two possible answers – yes or no. Of course, the Kings probably didn’t need to be as snotty as they were in their public denial, but Murphy’s name calling only makes ”Glee” look like a sore loser (not to mention that this kind of behavior will probably turn off other musical artists’ from working with Murphy in the future).

There’s also the obvious fact that Kings of Leon are completely entitled to NOT want their songs desecrated by Kidz Bop —uhh, I  mean “Glee”— and don’t really owe Murphy much of anything, let alone an explanation. Kings of Leon may not be the best band in the world, but its members are at the least creative musicians who bring new material and songs to the table. The same cannot be said for “Glee,” which is constantly ripping off other artists’ work for its own commercial profit.

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Speaking of profit, “Glee” makes a lot of it – iTunes downloads, CDs, merchandise, concerts, and DVDs help make Murphy a pretty rich guy. Yet he claims that the reason for his show’s existence is to turn kids onto music, and not to make all of this money.  By his reasoning, because Kings of Leon defy him, the band is thus against promoting the arts. Sorry Murphy, but your logic is less than sound.

What’s worse is that Murphy is claiming that his show is influencing 7-year-olds to spark interest in music education. This is disturbing on many levels.

First, unless you think it’s cool for your 7-year-old to run around singing “Like a Virgin” or “Touch-a Touch-a Touch-a Touch Me” after hearing it on “Glee,” the show is not really appropriate for said children.  Second, how is a 7-year-old “close to the age” of Cory Monteith or Mark Salling who are both NEARLY 30 YEARS OLD?  If Murphy really wants to influence music education, he should open his big fat wallet and buy some middle schools some clarinets and not crap all over the Kings of Leon (pigeon pun fully intended.)

That being said, does Murphy really need “Use Somebody?” Will his show or his paycheck suffer because he has to use a My Chemical Romance song instead?

The answers are no and no, because for every Kings of Leon, there will be 10 other bands that will agree to the selling-out — uh, I mean exposure — that “Glee” offers.

But just when it looks like Kings of Leon are merely victims in Murphy auto-tuned reign of terror, drummer Nathan Followill tweeted this:

“[Ryan Murphy] should see a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra.”

Because, you know, making homophobic comments will in no way piss off anyone at all in your fan base.

Alas, there is clearly no winner in this battle. Only smart-ass children posing as pop culture powerhouses.

Gina Pusateri

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