‘Sons of Anarchy’ Premiere Controversy: Kurt Sutter Blasts Outraged Parents as Unintelligent
Despite months of warning and 'Sons of Anarchy' creator Kurt Sutter's considerable outreach to justify the event's inclusion in season 6 premiere "Straw," the Parents Television Council continues to express its outrage over the inclusion of a school shooting, calling for a reform in cable subscribing policies. True to form as ever, Sutter has fired back through his own blog, calling the outrage "not very intuitive or intelligent."
“I would imagine these are not evil people,” Sutter admitted of the PTC, who used "Straw"s limited depiction of a school shooting as a platform to call for freedom in cable subscription and channel selection. ”But they are just not very intuitive or intelligent individuals. It’s such a small and simple view of process. The fact that people want to be monitoring what my children watch is terrifying. There is no awareness of what is the bigger objective of that episodes, the bigger point of the narrative. And to me that’s a really simplistic, dangerous view of anything, never mind the creative process."
Advocating the TV Consumer Freedom Act, the Parents Television Council put forth that those personally affected by real-life school shootings were "forced" to contribute to FX as part of their cable plans, even though the scene aired with extensive warnings past 11:00 P.M. As frequently as in past, Sutter took more aggressive measures to defend the 'Sons of Anarchy' premiere over his WTF Sutter podcast, saying:
Whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it’s just scary. Not just on a creative level but a personal level...I’m not a social guru, I’m not a guy with an agenda politically, socially or morally. I’m a f---ing storyteller. My job is to engage, entertain and perhaps make you think. That’s what I do on a daily basis. I’m blessed that I have a God-given gift to do so, and to bring you along for the ride. When anybody tries to take that away from me, or impede that, I get defensive. I take that to heart.
We agreed in our review of the 'Sons of Anarchy' season 6 premiere that Sutter hadn't sensationalized the issue, depicting the incident in an honest, non-gratuitous light, though it certainly seems as if the inherent violence of the series has reached a fever pitch, especially with its most-viewed hour to date. What say you? Do you think 'Sons of Anarchy' was wrong to incorporate such a controversial event into its story? Hear Sutter's full take below: