'Sons of Anarchy' Creator Reacts to Latest PTC Outrage


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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 PTCwere 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." 

Kurt SutterSutter 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."

- Sons of Anarchy
- Kurt Sutter
- FX

Written by: bad_subject
Sep 13th, 2013, 5:52 am

Images courtesy of FX, uludağ sözlük, PTC


Message Posted On Dec 28th, 2013, 9:58 pm
Really! Parents need PTC to determine what shows are appropriate for their children to watch! If parents can't determine the maturity level and intelligence of their kids to know if this show is appropriate for them to watch or are not capable of ensuring they do not watch material the parents do not think they should watch, then perhaps those parents should not be allowed to have children and the state should relieve them of the burden. Parents should accept the responsibility themselves. If they need PTC it would be safer for the children to be in Foster Care, because those parents are admitting they are incapable determining what is appropriate for their children. No wonder kids today are the most disobedient, lazy, obese and illiterate generation yet.

Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2013, 2:06 pm
properbly these PTC () are NRA members... Thanks for showing them, what people do with their beloved hardware... ooh by the way you PTC people- there is an OFF button on your telly - do use it, if you do not like a show- instaed of childish complaining I love the show - keep on good work greetings from VIE, aut

Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2013, 2:53 am
they should have an episode where there's a big ass shooting at the PTC


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Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2013, 9:22 pm

Al a carte cable would never work, at least not in the way anyone wants it to. Cable companies aren't going to lose money by allowing people to lower their monthly bills. If channels went al a carte, we would most likely actually end up paying more in the end. I watch maybe 50-something channels of the nearly 1000 available on my cable system. But if I say, only wanted to subscribe to those 50 channels, they would just charge like 5 bucks a channels so they come out ahead in the end.


Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2013, 7:45 pm
I was shocked about this school shooting. But I understand where it was needed to show people the real life of where and how guns get into the wrong hands. I love the show and can see the real life scenes being done in our beloved country (yes you prissy PTC fookers) this stuff really goes on in the country. And until our government can zip their pockets shut to donations and listen to the NRA on how to solve some of these problems where gonna keep having this mess. So wake up !!! Watch what you allow to happen. Buy a Gun / Sell a Gun use a dealer.

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Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2013, 6:31 pm

Well without packages, there would have been no discovery ch., TNT, E!. BET, etc. The networks need to package the channels you want thith channels that you never watch till it gets better. Not to mention all the shopping channels that pay the broadcasters to be included it packages. This lowers your costs... So some of these packaged channels help you and you can remove them yourself if you wish.


Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2013, 1:42 pm
"It is long past time subscribers were able to pick-and-choose only the SHOWS they want to subscribe to." Fixed that for you.

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Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2013, 12:00 pm

Well! Much to my astonishment, the PTC has actually said something I agree with 100%. No, no, not their "thoughts" on Sons Of Anarchy...I couldn't give a rats ass what they think is "good" or "bad" in a TV show. No, I mean their clamboring for the ability to select which channels homes subscribe to, a-la-carte. Up here in Canada, we too have to select "packages" of channels, thus getting 4 or 5 channels we'll never watch in order to get the *one* we *do* want to watch.  It is long past time subscribers were able to pick-and-choose only the channels they want to subscribe to.



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Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2013, 8:03 am

If the show is rated appropriately, tell these assholes to use their V-chip.  You know, the technology the American taxpayers paid for so we wouldn't have to (literally) censor stuff?  If it's not, they need to appeal the rating, but if it is, leave grown ups alone.


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Message Posted On Sep 13th, 2013, 6:19 am

The usual... More or less well put by Sutter.


The PTC should spend less time 'arguing on the internet' and more time with their children so that they won't have to watch TV all the time, seemingly unmonitored ;-)

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