Well I don't think he should be surprised.
This week's record-breaking season premiere of the hit FX biker drama 'Sons of Anarchy' featured a storyline ripped from the headlines--and ripped from the nightmares of several Americans. There was a school shooting in the episode which, once again, has the Parents Television Council (PTC) clamboring for the ability to select which networks homes subscribe to, a-la-carte.
Of course, it wasn't merely the school shooting that prompted the response: according to the letter drafted by the PTC, the other offending moments included "simulated rape scenes, torture of women, and a man who was drowned in a bathtub of urine," and more.
"Think about the parents who have been personally affected by real-life school shootings – even they were forced to contribute to FX on their cable bills. This is an outrage, and the time for consumers to have real choice has come," said Tim Winter, representing the PTC. Winter then expressed the need for a plug-in that would put a stop to channel bundling and allow consumers to only pay for the networks that they want, in accordance with the Consumer Television Freedom Act of 2013.
Unsurprisingly, the man who created 'Sons of Anarchy' isn't backing down. Taking to his webpage, Sutter remarked about the "blowback" that the shocking episode garnered from audiences. Then, Sutter took aim at the PTC itself:
"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." Sutter continued to state that the goals of the PTC are censorship, stating "whenever that stuff crosses the line into censorship, it’s just scary, not just on a creative level but on a personal level."
Sutter assured that the school shooting scene, while devastating, served a purpose to the plot, as the show's anti-hero raises young boys and also deals in guns. "To suggest that piece of his life could not impede and bleed into the other areas of his life and that he’d be able to keep them separate — to me that’s irresponsible,” Sutter wrote. “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."
Sutter signed off in his own way, which has garnered him a legion of loyal fans: "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."