Kurt Sutter, creator of the popular FX television show, Sons of Anarchy, about a gun running motorcycle gang which nominally runs a small town in Northern California recently found himself in a position where he had no choice but to put a major smackdown on Brent Bozell, founder or the Parents Television Council, self-appointed arbiters of what the rest of us should be watching on TV. Bozell published an opinion piece last week slamming the show for supposedly exploiting the Newtown tragedy for monetary gain while simultaneously “shaping children’s tastes with ultraviolent television.”
His rant was inspired by a scene in the season premiere in which there is a mass shooting in a private Catholic school. In his estimation this is the “left exploiting the tragedy in Newtown” to promote an anti gun agenda and for shock value, rejecting Sutter’s explanation that it is a part of the slow development of the plot line showing the unavoidable consequences of the gang’s illegal activities.
Ironically, Bozell is attacking a power player of the far right, Rupert Murdoch, it is one of his networks which airs the show. He skipped right past that barely mentioning his name before going on to castigate Sutter, ridiculing him for saying that he is merely a storyteller with no agenda and saying, “He has no morals and believes that should be accepted. That is his agenda.”
Those who have seen the show know that while it is graphic, violent and very gritty, it in no way glorifies the lawlessness of the Sons, quite the contrary, it shows them as the deeply flawed people that they are. Some do have redeeming characteristics but their extralegal activities are not made to appear heroic in any way, they are basically a bunch of thugs and they are portrayed that way.
His ranting about the children whose minds are supposedly being warped by the show would be better directed at the parents of any young child who is watching the show at 10 p.m. on a school night. Where are the parents if their children are watching the show? Are they in the basement with a cold beer and a fatty? It is not a show intended for children.
Sutter was understandably outraged at the unprovoked and unjustified attack from this TEApublican and responded in kind, only with slightly more colorful language than that used by the sanctimonious Bozell in an open letter in which he refers to him as a, “pathetic fucking douchebag.” He also characterized PTC as a “hate group” which has, “no real interest in the betterment of children.”
He told Bozell, “You reek of McCarthyism and holy water. And right-minded folks can smell you coming a mile away.” He also tells him that he can motivate the, “four other members, tell them that the tattoo-covered, liberal freak who writes that baby-killing, urine dunking show said this: “You’re a pathetic fucking douchebag and I bet your own kids fucking hate you.”
You can read the entire letter here. WARNING: If EXTREMELY strong language offends you may not want to read it.
[box type=”shadow”]Dear Mr. Bozell,
Yes, I often make a fool of myself, that’s the risk one takes for being outspoken and passionate about one’s creative freedom. And no, I don’t think everyone I meet is an idiot, that wouldn’t make sense. I do however think you are an idiot and your not-for-progress organization, idiotic.
Anyone with half-a-cup of brain cells can filter out the noise of your conservative bellowing and hear the truth – it’s all about your own political agenda. You are desperately trying to create a lobby that matters. But you cannot. And it fucking kills you that after all these years, you and your hate club are still flaccid and impotent. And the reasons, sir, are quite obvious. You are not very bright, your message is archaic and loving parents can innately sense that the PTC has no heart and no real interest in the betterment of children.
You reek of McCarthyism and holy water. And right-minded folks can smell you coming a mile away.
So keep holding your non-attended press conferences and writing your little Fox blogs. Because with every post you solidify your true message: I’m just an angry white guy with an exclusionary plan, using fear and god to spread a gospel of ignorance.
And just so you have something to quote from this, to work up the four other members, tell them that the tattoo-covered, liberal freak who writes that baby-killing, urine dunking show, said this: “You’re a pathetic fucking douchebag and I bet your own kids fucking hate you.”