Elton John Defends Glee, Ryan Murphy, Lashes Out at Artists

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The pop culture world is experiencing a healthy dose of Elton John this week.

His songs were covered on American Idol; he's hosting Saturday Night Live; and he stepped into a Glee-based debate during an interview with Jimmy Fallon last night.

Referring to Dave Grohl and Kings of Leon lashing out because Ryan Murphy wants to use their songs on his show, the singer said: “A lot of bands say, ‘We don’t want our stuff on Glee.’ Like, ‘Lighten up, you assholes... I mean, this is a compliment. Also, it sends a positive message out. What the hell is wrong with you guys?”

Check out the exchange below.

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Ok glee should stop taking everything so personally and chill


Positive message? Hardly. I agree that people should be allowed to come out of the closet and not have to worry about ostracized or shunned. However, I don't think that Glee is exactly a 'positive' message. It mocks people that have faith and mocks people that choose to wait. I agree that Sarah Palin isn't the brightest crayon in the box, but that doesn't mean that everyone that may have the same views as her are the same. Idk, I just don't think that 'positive' message is the right word usage.


i hate kings of leon. glee would've sing better than them.


I like him :)


I still think artist have a right to say yes or no, whether we like it or not. Glee is a great show and entertaining, but it ain't all that and a bag of chips to be criticize other artist for not wanting there music on there show. No means no, get over it.


It's so cool for Elton John to do that. There's a lot of bitchy musicians who don't cooperate well with others in the business.


absolutely agree, it is an honour, if somebody likes your song and sing it. what can be the reason? are you afraid that glee will harm your image or sing better than you?


Lame. Just lame.

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You know, a great big fat person once stood on this stage and told a group of a dozen or so nerds in hideous disco outfits that glee, by its very definition, is about opening yourself up to joy. Now it's no secret that for a long time I thought that was a load of hooey. As far as I could see the glee club was nothing but a place where a bunch of cowardly losers go to sing their troubles away and delude themselves into thinking that they live in a world that cares one iota about their hopes and dreams, totally divorced from the harsh reality that in the real world there's not much more to hope for than disappointment, heartbreak, and failure. And you know what. I was exactly right. Thats exactly what glee club is. But I was wrong about the cowardly part. What I finally realized, now that I'm well into my late thirties, it takes a lot of bravery to look around you and see the world not as it is but as it should be. A world where the quarterback becomes best friends with the gay kid, and the girl with the big nose ends up on Broadway. Finding the courage to open up your heart and sing about it. That's what glee club is. And for the longest time I thought that was silly, and now I think it's just about the bravest thing that anyone could do.


Glee Club is officially over. Thank you guys. It’s been an honor.