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By Andrew John     Jan 27, 2011 in Entertainment
A furious row over homophobia has developed between the creator of American TV’s most successful all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy-drama and Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill.
Ryan Murphy, creator of Glee, has accused Followill of being homophobic and his band of being “self-centred assholes.”
“The row started,” reports Pink News, “after the band refused permission for their song ‘Use Somebody’ to be included in the gay-friendly comedy.”
Murphy said they were “missing the big picture.”
But Followill’s brother, Kings of Leon lead singer Caleb Followill, said he was shocked.
He says it’s usual practice for a band to refuse a licence to use a song when the song has already been overpromoted, reports the gay-news outlet.
However Nathan Followill used Twitter to take a swipe at Murphy, saying: “Dear Ryan Murphy, let it go. See a therapist, get a manicure, buy a new bra. Zip your lip and focus on educating 7yr olds how to say f*ck.”
But, says Pink News, he later added: “I’m sorry 4 anyone that misconstrued my comments as homophobic or misogynistic. I’m so not that kind of person. I really do apologize.”
The outlet quotes Murphy as saying: “I’m all for manicures, don’t wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don’t.
Kings of Leon in concert
Kings of Leon in concert
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“But it’s telling that Nathan can reduce a group of people to a mean-spirited cliché, in a time where young gay men are killing themselves all over the country because of hatred like this.”
Meanwhile, the Glee cast have been having their very own preview of an upcoming episode that pays tribute to superstar Michael Jackson.
They filmed the episode – complete with zombie masks – a few weeks ago, and yesterday “the wait was over for eager and excited fans as they got their first look at the scenes, which air this Super Bowl Sunday,” says the Daily Mail in a story packed with pictures from the show.
The tribute show recreates the video to “Thriller,” which the Mail calls “one of the greatest music videos of all time and of the late artist.”
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