Sutter's claims to be devoid of a moral agenda only underline what FX is selling: degrading content on a TV show surrounded by advertisements, and the network and the "creative team" are getting paid millions to offend as aggressively as they can possibly imagine. Like the rest of the Hollywood liberals, Sutter said he wanted to start a debate, but he isn't really interested. They have nothing to discuss but their own "intelligent and intuitive" work and how outrageously hip they are. Sutter the alleged debate-starter proclaimed he refuses to read reviews or social-media critiques.
Back in Newtown, Conn., school superintendent John Reed sent an email to parents and staff members prior to the episode being aired on FX to warn that the episode would feature the mass shooting. "While you don't see the visual impact of this, you will hear the shots and cries from the victims," he wrote.
So where are the Newtown-exploiting politicians on violent entertainment now? Where is the outrage at FX on behalf of the children watching? Don't think that a splashy season premiere that draws 8 million viewers doesn't have thousands and thousands of children watching someone their own age blow away his schoolmates.
Meanwhile, Michelle Obama preferred to attack the people who promote unhealthy snack food to children. Kurt Sutter is fine, but the marketers of Froot Loops and Twinkies are the Evil Empire. See if her tone doesn't apply to the marketers of extreme TV violence: "Whatever we all might believe about personal responsibility and self-determination, I think we can all agree that it doesn't apply to children," the First Lady said. "Through the magic of marketing and advertising you all have the power to shape our kids tastes."
Doesn't anyone in Washington worry about Hollywood shaping children's tastes with ultraviolent television, movies, music and video games?
Mrs. Obama ought to broaden her attack to the marketers who are lining up to exploit dramatized school shootings, rapes, and urine drownings. You can't shame the makers of the video game "Grand Theft Auto V" or the movie "Machete Kills." But there were also Michelle's usual marketing targets: Burger King and Taco Bell. This White House hasn't been a profile of courage for children when it comes to their major donors in Hollywood.