Glee creator lashes back at Slash

A few days ago Ear of Newt reported on how guitar hero and former Guns N' Roses member Slash was vowing never to let his old band's music be used on the hit TV show Glee. The top-hatted one took a few well-placed potshots at the FOX series, which he seriously can't stand.

Now Slash's comments have raised the ire of Glee creator Ryan Murphy, who lashed back during an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

"Usually I find that people who make those comments, their careers are over," Murphy said, "they're uneducated and quite stupid."

I wouldn't quite agree that Slash's career is over. He sold out the Commodore for two nights last year, and he's currently on tour with Ozzy Osbourne, who—while his best years are definitely behind him—can still draw a crowd. And the star-studded solo album he released last year did quite well, entering the Billboard chart at #3 and selling more than 60,000 copies its first week. As far as "uneducated" and "stupid" goes, his masters degree from the School of Rock should count for something.

Murphy also took a swipe at the Kings of Leon, another guitar-based act that has publicly rejected an offer to have its music featured in his show. He called the chartbusting Followill clan "self-centred assholes" and said they are "missing the big picture" because, at its heart, Glee is about turning kids on to music.

Stay tuned for further developments. Hopefully Slash's current tourmate will show Murphy's outraged butt the door when he comes sniffing around for songs to use in the inevitable Black Sabbath-themed episode of Glee.

Though not if Sharon has anything to say about it.

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Morty
"Usually I find that people who make those comments"? This happens often enough for him to have a data set?

I think Murphy's opinion of himself and the show is a tad overinflated. Anyone remember Ally McBeal? That's your model for Glee: two strong seasons based on its novelty factor, a ratings drop, some stunt casting to try to bump them back up, then gone. And I, for one, won't miss it in the least.
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cranky mom
It sounds to me like Murphy's feeling as hurt.

Kids do not need Glee to be turned onto music. That has been number one best way to rebel against your parents for decades.
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Steve-O
Morty has it right with Ally McBeal. Glee is the latest flavour of the month. The creator is a goof to be bashing musicians that don't want their own songs that they created on his crappy show. It's much easier for him to just take a classic Queen song and give it the shitty Glee treatment. Kids need to go back and listen to Night At The Opera, Led Zeppelin II and the like instead of getting their bubble gum versions on this over-rated show. Between American Idol and Glee the masses have horrible taste in music.
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Steve Newton
you tell 'em, Steve-O! Nice name, by the way.
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l'il stevie
hey you never said you liked my name, Newt... anyways, I agree with everyone here... its like the "Songs of the Seventies" 8 track my dad used to play in our station wagon back in the 70's... elevator music versions of popular hits. that's what glee is... altho' some of the cast are cute... my friend loves Glee... it pains me to have to sit thru his YouTube airings of clips.
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Steve Newton
you tell 'em, l'll stevie. Nice name, by the way.
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kjws
Someone should tell Ryan Murphy that just because glee is popular, it doesn't mean it has any substance or is musically good. It is just another karaoke show like american idol. However, it would be really funny if they did some gnr songs and Axl was on the show and lost it and tried to kick the crap out of all the gleeks on the show. That would be worth watching.
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Honky Tonky 11
G 'n' R music is a poor quality rock music to engage/enlighten the younger generation.
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Ray I
If I had a kid who joined a glee club I would throw him/her out of the house! I'd rather they try to make bad rock music than good choir music. When was the last time you jumped into your car and cranked up a fuckin' choir?
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poopnoodle
Nickleback is popular too. Doesn't mean they are good.
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Steve Newton
the drummer's good, though.
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Shawn
Wow, you create one mediocre un-funny TV show and you suddenly think you have the right to bash arguably the best guitar icon in history. I guess it shows what those glee idiots make of real music. Keep on bastardizing Abba, losers, I'm glad you won't get your greasy hands on Gn'R!
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