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  • Guest2014
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    And Kurt Sutter, its showrunner, comes off as the douchiest douchebag alive after the Parents TV Council rightfully excoriated his season opener which featured a school shooting.  This piece of shit show can’t go off the air soon enough, and you may agree after you read his reply to the PTC, an organization I normally detest down to the last strand of my DNA. Except for now.  Via Deadline.com:

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    Kurt Sutter responded this afternoon to those who have savaged his Sons of Anarchy season debut over its school shooting scene. That includes the Parents Television Council, which used the episode to once again demand Washington allow consumers to buy networks a la carte. “Obviously there is some blowback today,” Sutter said in a webcast on his WTF Web page. “The PTC — I would imagine these are not evil people, but they’re just not very intelligent or intuitive people…The fact that these people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying. He suggested the PTC’s “simplistic, dangerous view” is “perhaps influenced by certain religious groups and people with other agendas” which, “whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it’s just scary, not just on a creative level but on a personal level.”

    He apologized to viewers upset with the episode because they have been personally involved in one of the school shootings  and suffer every day of their lives for it. But, he noted, ”that is a very small percentage of us.”  “I’m a storyteller…I haves a god given gift that I can share with you and perhaps entertain you and bring you along for the ride.  … So when anybody tries to take that away from me, or impede that, I get defensive.” He insisted the episode was necessary because the show’s hero, “or anti-hero, is a father of young boys of that age, who’s trying to protect them from the dangerous component of his outlaw life, and he deals guns. To suggest that piece of his life could not impede an bleed into the other areas of his life and that he’d be able to keep them separate – to me that’s irresponsible,” Sutter said. “These guys turning these guns out on the street, selling them to people, unaware of who’s using them and what they’re being used for —  to suggest that those guns could not fall into the hands of people that were going to hurt other people, including children….that’s ignorant…that’s almost more irresponsible.”

    He said he hoped the episode has “ripped the fucking scab off” in this country, forcing people to “have the conversation again” that they always have in the immediate aftermath of one of these school shootings but then don’t follow through on, as the “balm” of time settles over them and they get comfortable and unafraid again. “It’s the Groundhog Day experience, he said. “For me, the PTC — they’re just fucking ridiculous.

    “So again, a big thank you for the people who are tuning in, and until somebody kicks in my door and tackles me to the ground and cuts off my fucking hands, I’m going to keep doing what I do. So fuck them. And thank you.” 

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    Smileynate
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    Regardless of what you think of Kurt Sutter or SOA, the Parent’s Television Council is a horrible organization that is full of conservatives who hate big government but think that big government should exist to tell ADULTS what to watch on CABLE at 10PM.  They’ve launched vile campaigns against “Will & Grace” for having-GASP!- gay characters, they went after “NYPD Blue,” one of the great cop shows of it’s time and of all time.

    They are irrelevant, small-minded bigots and they deserve no attention from anyone anywhere. Ever.  To do so only furthers and emboldens their mission of controlling what you see on television and making sure that you only watch shows that meet their religions “Family-friendly” guidelines.

    So, if you thought SOA was awful and Kurt Sutter is a douchebag fine.  But please don’t allow this organization to control that discussion and give them any furher reason to exist. 

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    Regardless of what you think of Kurt Sutter or SOA, the Parent’s Television Council is a horrible organization that is full of conservatives who hate big government but think that big government should exist to tell ADULTS what to watch on CABLE at 10PM.  They’ve launched vile campaigns against “Will & Grace” for having-GASP!- gay characters, they went after “NYPD Blue,” one of the great cop shows of it’s time and of all time.

    They are irrelevant, small-minded bigots and they deserve no attention from anyone anywhere. Ever.  To do so only furthers and emboldens their mission of controlling what you see on television and making sure that you only watch shows that meet their religions “Family-friendly” guidelines.

    So, if you thought SOA was awful and Kurt Sutter is a douchebag fine.  But please don’t allow this organization to control that discussion and give them any furher reason to exist. 

    I know where you’re coming from, and I make my feelings for PTC known in the first paragraph.  But this outrageous reply only makes them, in wrestling-speak, the babyfaces here, and neither of us wants that to happen.   

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    SaraR
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    I don’t watch SOA, nor do I care to, but the PTC’s reaction to this show, which airs on cable at 10pm, is purely idiotic. Who is forcing children to watch it? The battle should not be against the content but against the parents that allow their children to watch it.

    And from what I gather, Kurt Sutter has always been this outspoken. I think he’s made his opinions very clearly known about SOA’s exclusion from the Emmys.

    He is hardly the first showrunner that’s let his “god given gift” go to his head (*cough* Dan Harmon *cough* Matthew Weiner).

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    Kurt Sutter went for shock value and he’s upset that someone called him out on it. All these “anti-hero” (or more accurately criminals and sociopaths) shows are starting to become really annoying. It’s disturbing how many people see the characters as cool and root for them to lie, cheat, steal, murder and get away with it.

    Also, whatever one might think of the Parents Television Council, they do have an excellent point. The discussion about buying cable networks a la carte is heating up and this is a great example. It’s not just “if you don’t like it, don’t watch it”. Even if you don’t watch, you’re still giving them money because you want to have other cable networks.

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    No kids are watching Sons of Anarchy.

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    Smileynate
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    Kurt Sutter went for shock value and he’s upset that someone called him out on it. All these “anti-hero” (or more accurately criminals and sociopaths) shows are starting to become really annoying. It’s disturbing how many people see the characters as cool and root for them to lie, cheat, steal, murder and get away with it.

    Also, whatever one might think of the Parents Television Council, they do have an excellent point. The discussion about buying cable networks a la carte is heating up and this is a great example. It’s not just “if you don’t like it, don’t watch it”. Even if you don’t watch, you’re still giving them money because you want to have other cable networks.

    Ahh but there’s the rub my friend- they do not want a la carte for that reason.  They want to be able to then go back and have the government dictate to networks what they can and can’t air based on their “branding.”  ABC Family airs a show about lesbian parents- wanna bet they’ll want legislation that would prevent a show that has “Family” in the title from treating gay families as normal? Or how about-  “I buy USA Network for “White Collar” and “Covert Affairs,” and now they want to air an “SOA” spinoff- Congress don’t let them, that’s not what I pay for!”  Mark my words- their goals in this are not the same as yours at all.  This is an attempt to separate cable networks and then stop them from airing shows that don’t reflect their conservative religious values.

    These people are dangerous to free speech and do not deserve to have any voice or consideration in that type of discussion.  Unless you want to watch “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” marathons- all day, every day, on every network. 

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    Also, whatever you think about Sutter- and  he is certainly difficult- I think he’s trying to make a point about where these guns are ending up when gun control legislation is negligible.  I think the school shooting was done with one of the group’s guns, and I’m willing to watch and see where he takes this story before I call it shock value.  I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt for now and trusting that there is a connection that will affect the characters, for better or worse.

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    “SoA” killed it in the ratings for its Season Six premiere, so this show isn’t going anywhere.

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    I didn’t watch the season premiere of SOA, and I don’t watch the show. In fact, this is the first I’m hearing about it’s season premiere involving a school shooting. I can’t believe mainstream media didn’t cover that at all. But that’s neither here nor there.

    If the episode came across the way that Sutter said it did, where someone used one of the groups guns to commit the school shooting, then I don’t hold that against him, and I classify that as responsible storytelling. That is something that could, and probably already has, happened, and he is just the first (I think) to actually shed a spotlight on it.

    However, if it came across the way Glee did it’s school shooting episode, then it’s ridiculous. I’ll have to go watch this episode when I have the time.

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