Today, we're taking on the on-going ridiculous that is the feud between "Glee" creator Ryan Murphy and the band Kings of Leon as they continue to sling more shade than a palm tree at one another in the press and on their Twitters. (Sidenote: Twitter's slogan really should be "Twitter: Allowing You To Make An Ass Out of Yourself In Just 140 Characters") But before we get to the glorious highs that come from celebrities taking the low road, we bought a new tea kettle, some plates, and a new break-proof mug so we can really do what we do best today and:
First up, E! reality star and former Hugh Hefner girlfriend Kendra Wilkinson is apparently the star of a lesbian sextape according to RadarOnline as the first images from the cinema au naturale hit the Internet. Recorded back when in more freewheeling days, the tape is the second one of its pornographic kind to hit the net as Kendra also had a tape out with a former boyfriend. Kendra initially sued to have the tape blocked and cried on some tabloids about it UNTIL it was revealed that in 2008 she had set up a company sell the skin flicks, which were eventually sold to porn giant Vivid Entertainment. As seamy as porn is, we're still pretty sure it has more dignity than most of E!'s primetime line-up at this point.
Speaking of DVDs, Jessica Simpson may have an exercise DVD out whether she likes it or not according to reports, which, given her recent and well-documented weight gain, seems like a situation tailor-made for late night comedians. The video was made back in 2005 and ever since, the former Mrs. Lachey has tried her best to squash it from seeing the light of day. The rights were recently sold to a Hollywood producer who must not have read that Simpson had already won a judgment to keep the DVD from hitting the market. All of this makes us wonder how bad it can be since she had no problem slapping her name on the stinkfest that was her "I'm Fat Now So Don't Judge Me or Fat People.........Until I Lose Weight and Talk About Loving My Body Again on the cover of 'People'" show that was "The Price of Beauty."
And lastly, we debut a new addition to the pantheon of "Spill the Tea" icons with the one, the only, the passive-aggressive goddess that is Camille Grammer in a new feature we're calling "Bad Grammer."
Our favorite delusional star of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills", who should be sending at least a fruit basket to co-star Kyle Richards for making her look less of a monster in comparison in the season finale, Camille Grammer and her estranged husband Kelsey are still tussling over the family fortune, but that hasn't kept Kelsey from extending an invitation to Camille to attend his wedding to the woman 29-year-old woman he's been seeing. According to PopEater, Kelsey wants his kids to attend the wedding so bad that he's gone as far as extending the invitation to Camille, thus guaranteeing one of the most wonderfully backhanded wedding toasts in history if it comes true. But what we love most of this situation is that Kelsey Grammer is not letting a little thing like not actually being divorced stop him from planning a wedding. What would Niles think of such things?!
Next up, it's a Battle Glee-yale between Kings of Leon and Ryan Murphy!
So we LOVE a good feud and the one brewing between Ryan Murphy, the creator of Fox mega-hit "Glee," and the boys of Kings of Leon is shaping up to be an epic battle of seeing who can make themselves look more like an asshat. But before we get to the fight, let us look at the contenders.
In one corner, you have Ryan Murphy, the mastermind behind not only "Glee" but also the guy who brought us "Nip/Tuck" and "Popular" as well the screen adaptations of "Running With Scissors" and "For Rich White Ladies (And Oprah)" aka "Eat, Pray, Love." Below the acoustic version of Florence and the Machine's "Dog Days Are Over."
He also is a guy who seems to delight in living life like it's just one big message board that he can troll everybody on. How else do explain such magical quotes like Murphy telling a reporter that he was splitting up a couple on "Glee" because he "got bored." Organic storytelling at its best folks! That's not how to write love, folks! Listen to Belle and Sebastian and their song "Write About Love."
In the other corner, you have the Southern rock outfit of Kings of Leon. For years, the band toiled away and were pretty popular in England, and then the earworms that are "Use Somebody" and "Sex on Fire" hit American Top 40 radio and suddenly the boys found themselves popular on their home turf. And in England, everybody was covering their music on BBC Live Lounge.
Like Bat for Lashes:
And what's a better way to celebrate gaining mainstream success than granting interviews about how much of a sell out you aren't while simulataneously launching your own clothing line. Below British girl group Girls Aloud flings some satirical mud at such indie, too-cool-for-school type of bands in their song "Hoxton Heroes."
And it was in that particular interview in NME magazine where Kings of Leon first threw some shade at "Glee," stating how they had never watched the show and never intended on letting their music on the show. Apparently they were too busy not selling out to "Glee" to notice their music being licensed for things like Ford Focus commercials and "Gossip Girl."
Months and months later, Ryan Murphy has finally decided to address things in his own special and tactful way. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Murphy said, "Fuck you Kings of Leon. They're self-centered assholes and they missed the big picture." We're sure some "Glee" fans are screaming, "TRUTH!" at this.
And just when we were about to actually sort-of be in Ryan Murphy's corner, he continued speaking and gave the world this glimpse into his ego in relation to the importance of "Glee":
"They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song," Murphy continued, "which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It's like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music."
Really? Isn't "Glee" more about inspiring children to pick up their parents' credit card, head to the mall and buy a bunch of their merchandise? But sure, Ryan, let's go with this inspiring the children and helping arts programs all across the country through the power of piss poor characterizations and AutoTune. And the smile of Darren Criss.
Not to be outdone in that I CAN'T Olympics that is this feud, Kings of Leon drummer Nathan Followill sent out an amazingly ill-advised Tweets that read:
"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 fuck."
Nothing helps win an argument and sway people to your side quite like a mildly homophobic retort. Ryan Murphy then decided to respond, speaking to that great champion of gay rights Perez Hilton and saying,
"Just read Nathan Followill's Tweet…in which he implied I should ‘get a manicure and buy a bra.’ Wow. That's a homophobe badly in need of some education. I'm all for manicures, don't wear a bra. Would guess most gay dudes don't. 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.
That said, I would love to sit down with Nathan or any member of Kings and Leon, and tell them how on Glee we actually love their music, and support their artistry…but cannot condone or even laugh at their clear disdain of gay people. "
Was Nathan a jerkwad in his Tweet? ABSOLUTELY. Is it sort of comical for Ryan Murphy to call out Nathan for using a mean-spirited cliche when "Glee" has never met an awful stereotype of a fat person it didn't embrace? Also funny. We're not even going to touch all of the dynamics of "Glee" and its shift from BULLYING=LAUGHS to SAVE THE CHILDREN, but we will say that Nathan is an absolute moron to make his Tweet in any time period but ESPECIALLY during this raised awareness of bullying.
Nathan for his part issued an apology, which is the mature, responsible, and ultimately totally boring way to conclude this whole deal.
We're sure this isn't the last feud that "Glee" and Ryan Murphy will get into as celebrities line-up to have their music put on the show to help raise their profile, there is pretty much a cottage industry now just devoted to saying how you won't have your tune on the show, as if it ruins your whole pseudo-credibility. And honestly, it's not like "Glee" does irreparable damage to any of the songs they cover. I mean, you can't destroy a Bruno Mars or a Jason Mraz tune as much as you can meet them at their intrinsic basic-ass quality. Below, the song we hate that "Glee" made us like, Bruno Mars' "Marry You." In our defense, we had no idea it was his tune.
We still hold out that eventually Kings of Leon will become desperate for attention and allow "Glee" to use some of their music at some point. Think about it. Puck can tell Santana that she gave him the clap by singing "Sex on Fire" or the group can lead a choral version of "Use Somebody" in one of those end-of-show-montages-of-extreme earnestness. We end this Mixtape with a medley from the upcoming Super Bowl episode, featuring a truly ghastly mash-up of "Thriller" and "Heads Will Roll" and what could be magical cover of the Destiny's Child song "Bills, Bills, Bills."
As always, we wish you love, peace and downloads. BRING ON THE VOGUING DANCERS FROM THE BEGINNING GIF.