Opinion Blog: ‘Glee’ Creator Causes Grief

April 15, 2011 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Joey Richardson
joeyr@smu.edu

No one should tell musicians, poets or artists what to do with their songs, poems or paintings.

Ryan Murphy, the creator of the inexplicably popular show Glee, never got that memo.

He lashed out at the musicians who refused to let him use their music. The musicians don’t like the show. They don’t want their music to be associated with the show and they shouldn’t be called names for that.

The fact that Murphy feels he needs to malign the individual bands that said no to him, tells me that the success of his show has gotten to his head.

Who made him king of all things music?

Ryan Murphy has since learned the error of his ways and apologized. But his comments exposed an interesting divide in the music community.

On one side are those devils, those irresponsible monsters who said no to him. Slash of Guns and Roses, Caleb Followill of Kings of Leon, and Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters all form the camp against Glee.

On the other side is the man at the piano, Sir Elton John and other self proclaimed “Gleeks.” John told the anti-glee element to “lighten up” but the man misses the point.

It is the artist’s prerogative to dictate how their music is used. They felt their music would suffer by being on the show and they refused. They were right to do so. Artists should not compromise themselves simply because there is a threat of a backlash.

These artists have been painted as villains who spray bad language around like it’s bad cologne. In reality, Murphy pulled the insult trigger first.

His language and anger toward the groups was so vehement it confused the front man of Kings of Leon, Caleb Followill.

“This was never meant as a slap in the face to ‘Glee’ or to music education or to fans of the show,” Followill said, “We’re not sure where the anger is coming from.”

If Glee’s creator can’t handle rejection, maybe he picked the wrong business. He should just stick to terrible artists like Ke$ha, Lady Gaga or Color Me Bad and leave the musicians who pour everything they have into their music alone.

Big D Blog: Celebrities Flock to Dallas in Time for Super Bowl

February 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Natalie Blankenship
nblankensh@smu.edu

Girls squeal as Chace Crawford stops to greet fans. (PHOTO BY NATALIE BLANKENSHIP/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Waking up to a text message from a friend letting me on a little secret—one of my favorite bands is playing a free concert in just a matter of hours? I was psyched to say the least. On top of the Maroon 5 concert, there was a Celebrity Beach Bowl to kickoff the Saturday before the Super bowl.

We arrived at Victory Park just minutes before the Beach Bowl began; we paid our $15 to see a plethora of celebrities playing football, not to mention see Maroon 5. All of the activities were free. It almost seemed to be too good to be true. It was. We stood in a line for thirty minutes before finding they weren’t going to let any more people inside. Bummer. Big time.

So, we decided to head to the “W” Hotel to sit down and enjoy a drink. We walked in hoping to score a nice spot at the bar—that wasn’t happening either. The Living Room was packed with tourists donning their favorite team’s colors. Apparently everyone heard that the “W” was the place to be. We weren’t pleased, so we walked towards the door. A man dressed in a suit roped the entrance off and stood in front. We slowly backed away from the door and headed back to the bar, suddenly feeling special. You can’t just walk in here now? You have to be special, right? We felt like stars. We walked back in only to realize the scenery hadn’t changed. We walked out.

Jesse Metcalfe with his girl in tow. (PHOTO BY NATALIE BLANKENSHIP/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

As we headed towards the car, my friend tapped me on the shoulder and pointed over towards a blonde girl near the entrance of the “W”, bouncing up and down and squealing, preparing her camera and pointing it towards a dirtied white Suburban. Ok, there’s gotta be someone important in there. We decided to stick around.

Mark Salling exited the car. Or Puck from Glee, as you may know him. I found myself getting very star struck and looking as stupid as the girl who was bouncing up and down. Then, Chace Crawford got out of the suburban behind Salling’s car. Cue the sudden flow of celebrities. We were in heaven.

Spotted: Jesse Metcalfe (pool boy from Desperate Housewives) with his girlfriend. She wasn’t too happy about all of the girls swarming him for photos. Better get used to it, girlfriend!

Next up: Guy Fieri. You may know him from the Food Network in Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. Or maybe you’ve been watching his new show NBC’s Minute to Win It. Despite all the glamorous and attractive young television stars that were flowing into the hotel, Fieri got the loudest cheers. (I’ll be quite honest—I was one of the cheerers). One lady even yelled “Guy, come back! We’re hungry!”

I spotted Colt McCoy, and being a fellow Austinite and also a fellow Lakehills Church goer, I walked up to him as he was signing little kids’ footballs, I decided to go for it. I tapped him on his shoulder and a meek “Colt?” came out of my mouth. What was I doing? “Can I get a photo with you?” He said “yes” but his father apologized and said they had to be going. Yes, I was one of those. I went there.

Guy Fieri enters the "W" Hotel (PHOTO BY NATALIE BLANKENSHIP/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Other celebs included Hayden Panetierre, Matthew Morrison (from Glee), Jessica Stroup (from 90210), and who knows who else.

A slew of TV stars jump into a Suburban. (PHOTO BY NATALIE BLANKENSHIP/ SMU DAILY MUSTANG)

Moral of the story: you might just run into celebrities in Dallas around Super bowl time if you are in the right place at the right time. Not necessarily if you stop at every “celeb packed” restaurant and bar. Breathe in, breathe out. I’m still trying to get over it.

The Daily Update: Tuesday, April 13

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