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.