After the Newtown school shooting, commentators on the Left expressed outrage that gun-rights groups were exploiting the attack to build membership in the wake of all the liberal demands for a federal crackdown on gun owners. Nine months later, they're curiously silent as Rupert Murdoch's cable network FX milks a fictional Catholic-school shooting for commercial gain.
The Sept. 10 premiere of the violent motorcycle gang drama "Sons of Anarchy" featured the school shooting, as well as two rapes and a man drowning in a bathtub of urine. Then the show's creator Kurt Sutter made a complete fool of himself, claiming "We didn't do it for shock."
Clearly this man thinks everyone he meets is an idiot or a mouth-breathing fan of the show, or both. Sutter touted that the ratings were epic -- 5.9 million viewers, and 8 million once "encore episodes" were counted. That's a record for his show, if not exactly the record numbers recently scored by A&E's "Duck Dynasty."
Sutter thought the evil, stupid people in this controversy were those who objected to this "entertaining" tub of urine and the blood of children. In a podcast, Sutter attacked the watchdogs at the Parents Television Council.
"I would imagine these are not evil people," Sutter said with what appears to be great charity. "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 episode is, the bigger point of the narrative."
Sutter wants people to believe that the larger plot point was how the biker gang in this series is going to (slowly, over many episodes) reap the consequences of their gun-running. But we know what the "bigger objective of the episode" is: "Ka-ching." You load as much sensationalistic sludge in your debut episode to build some ratings momentum. The "narrative arc" that follows may try to make some sense of that avalanche, but it doesn't justify it.
When criticized, Hollywood sees the foul threat of censorship, especially if a show's criticized based on how it might warp a child's mind. Predictably, Sutter pushed that panic button. "Whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it's just scary. ... I'm not a social guru; I'm not a guy with an agenda politically, socially or morally. I'm a f---ing storyteller."
Of course he has an agenda. He has no morals and believes that should be accepted. That is his agenda.
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