Ryan Murphy: Kind of a douche

If you’re at all familiar with my blog, you know my complicated relationship with Glee. If you don’t, here’s a quick summary.

When I saw that first episode of Glee, I was in love. I mean, it was cheesy as hell, but there was something beautiful in the earnestness of these high school kids. Any of us that have been through high school know how heightened emotions are during that time of our lives. There is no moderation – it’s either flying high as a kite, or sinking into an abyss of despair. Every relationship is the only relationship you’ve ever had, and it’s always the best you will ever have or the worst conceivable. Nothing matters more than a relationship. Or your grades. Or your sport. Or whatever else you do. You know more than anyone and everyone. And I think Glee really captured all of that. It was fun hearing some great old songs somehow made fresh by a teenage choir. And there was something profoundly sad about it as well. Will was a guy who was trapped in a loveless marriage and a lower middle class life he never wanted. He had never moved past high school, and there was this tragicness to him and his situation. Rachel Berry was desperately looking for something or someone to tell her that she is special. Kurt was unable to be himself – because what gay kid can in high school? Everyone felt broken and real, and somehow so endearing.

Over the course of the show, the creators realized it was a hit – and like most shows that become hits do, they started becoming “sensational.” I don’t mean that they become fantastic, I mean that they become all about shock and awe and spectacle. “Let’s do an episode about Gaga!” “Let’s do an episode (or twelve) about sex!” “Britney!” “Bieber” “Alcohol!” “Paltrow singing Ceelo!” and on and on. The characters became inconsistent, the writing flawed, and overall the show lost the heart that made it great, relying on cheap gimmicks like themed episodes and guest stars. Now, I kind of hate it – largely because it’s so bad, but perhaps more so because of what it used to be.

ANYWAY (sorry, Glee makes me rant hard-core). At one point, the creator of Glee, Ryan Murphy, approached Kings of Leon about having their music on the show. The band – never having seen the show – said no thanks. As one of the few remaining semi-legit rock bands around today, they felt that putting their rock music on a show about singing high schoolers and eventually downloaded by thousands of pre-teen girls would be “selling out.” Personally I’m inclined to agree. So then, Ryan Murphy got all butthurt, saying that they were missing out on the big picture, that not only would putting their music on the show help them sell albums, but would also inspire children everywhere to pick up an instrument, follow their passions, and save the arts. No, I’m not kidding.

In response, the band basically told him to shut up, though they used more colorful language. You can read it here.

My thoughts on this: What the effing crap. A) I have read a few articles that claim that Glee has had no effect on glee club, or choir attendance, despite its massive popularity. This is sad, but hardly shocking. B) Kings of Leon is a ROCK band. If they want to stick to their beliefs (i.e. that rock music is best when it is angry, counter-culture, and not sung by teens in bright clothes prancing on stage), good for them. Selling out is anathema to rock music. C) When I was in high school, I was big into rock. The angrier, darker, and angstier, the better. If I had found out that Nine Inch Nails, Three Days Grace, or Breaking Benjamin was going to be on Glee, I probably would have burned all my CDs of them and started listening to exclusively German industrial metal (or something). Ryan Murphy may not understand this, but when you’re a teen struggling with anger and depression music is a BIG outlet for you. It makes you feel understood, and not alone. If a band you like were to suddenly do something counter to their message, it can be devastating for a fan. (Over-dramatic? Yes. True? Yes. Remember: high school. Heightened emotions.)

Anyway, fast-forward to now, and Glee is repeating this whole nonsense again, except with a band I like way more than Kings of Leon. Foo Fighters. As in Everlong. As in my favorite song of all time. Ryan Murphy asked them to do Glee. Dave Grohl said no. Ryan Murphy got pissed. Dave Grohl said this. Dave Grohl continues to be my hero.

Sidebar about Dave Grohl. Everything he does turns to magic. He was a drummer for Nirvana. NIRVANA. One of the greatest rock bands of all time! And apparently Kurt Kobain only said “good job” like twice. Then he went on to start Foo Fighters. Where he made an entire album on his own! Seriously. The DRUMMER of NIRVANA became lead singer, bass guitarist, lead guitarist, drummer, and probably other instruments as well of an amazing band. He since has other band mates but come on that’s awesome. And now he’s in Them Crooked Vultures, a super group, that is good but not really my scene. But anyway, this dude is the MAN.

So, in conclusion, screw Ryan Murphy. Get down off your high horse, stop preaching at us (both with crap like this, and through your goddamn show), and realize that people have free will, and not everyone has to love Glee!

Please enjoy this magic

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2 Responses to Ryan Murphy: Kind of a douche

  1. Pingback: The Dave Grohl you always wanted. | Hottweet.info

  2. Christie says:

    You summed it up perfectly.

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