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Thursday, May 05, 2011

SUTTERINK YOUTUBE: FEAR THE BUNNY

SutterInk/SOA YouTube Channel is up.  I'll include a video section of the channel at the bottom of my blog.  This week, bad video, cute pets, fucking retarded introduction.  Next week we'll have behind the scenes shit from the Season 3 commentary with Charlie, Ron, Boone, Kim, Tommy, Ryan, Theo and Dayton.


Our first WTF segment featuring a very special guest star...

11 comments:

howardsfv said...

Kurt
congrats on the new youtube site. Amazing how you put yourself out there to the audience.
I have had the pleasure to work as an extra for the last three seasons, and I always wanted to ask you, what scares the shit out of you, but I was always too scared to ask you.
Best always to you and the Mrs. and I know season four will rock hard.
Howard Levine

Ginger said...

dig it! love the bunny :)

ZMANOWNER said...

Great stuff....cool dog..what kind of dog....Congrats on the youtube stuff. I am loyal fan of SOA, will there major changes to the new season and is their anything as far as new shows in the works. Keep on it..cant wait for next season and please kill off ethan zobel....zman sends

lowecat said...

I love this channel, Mr. Sutter! You have a great home, could tell from the little bit we get to see. As they used to say in teeveeland, 'thanks for invitin' us into your living room!'

Was it my imagination, or was the bunny lookin' a little scared? And Lumpy is sooo cute! Loved that bit of play actin' you and Katey did. After watchin' it, I said, 'Yup, they're old marrieds! Sounds just like me and the DH!'

I'm lookin' forward already to the next installment.

May I speak a moment from the fan's persepctive? There are a lot of head honchos in Hollyweird who wouldn't take the time/effort to do anything for the fanbase, much less go to the lengths you've gone in the past three years.

Anyone who might've said a 'thank you' to the fans would've probably just stopped with the SOA app, and left it at that.

You keep going further, and that's one of the other reasons I'm so loyal to the show (and you thought it was just the presence of Kim, Ron, and Tommy, didn't you!). It's not just the writing, the actors, the bikes. It's because of what you do BEYOND the show that keeps me intrigued.

Thank you for doin' that.

Purrs and whisker kisses to you!

Dionne said...

You may want to consider removing the R-word from this post. Lebron James and Lady Gaga have both had to issue apologies for using it, and many people find it quite hurtful.

Dionne said...

I don't know where to send this so I'll just post it here and hope it gets to Mr. Sutter.

Dear Mr. Sutter:

I am an African American woman and an anthropologist. In other words, I am one of the least likely people to be a huge fan of Sons of Anarchy. Yet, that is exactly what I am.

I am writing to you because I love the show, and I have some thoughts about why you may not be reaching certain audiences that would, also, love the show, if they understood it better. I think you are doing a great job of reaching out to online audiences, but there are some audiences that you may not reach unless you consciously educate them about the show, whom it is for, and what it represents.

Let me explain how and why I was drawn into the SOA culture, never to be released again. Motorcycles were not the hook for me. I went on a motor cycle date once with a guy who turned out to be a sweet jerk, and it was fun – I loved, loved, loved, the wind in my face! - but it messed up my hair, which is a deal breaker for most black women; and I rode on the back of a motorcycle a few years ago, put one of my legs in the wrong place, and burned a perfectly round hole into my inner shin, which was excruciatingly painful. I enjoyed the bikes quite a bit, but that is the extent of motorcycling experience.

In fact, I only began to pay attention to the show when I realized that Henry Rollins was in season 2, and I have loved Henry Rollins since I was a teenager and saw him read poetry at a club in Hollywood. Also, I used to work in television, I am a media addict, I study popular culture, and I thought I might learn something interesting about motorcycle culture. And so I began watching SOA in the midst of an episode of insomnia last week, thinking it would calm my mind and help me to sleep. HA! The joke was on me. I finished all three seasons within the week, and I ended up with bags under my eyes because I kept staying up to watch “just one more” episode. I have been running around telling friends and family to watch the show, and I spoke more about SOA at my 25th high school reunion last weekend than I did about my own life.

I had avoided SOA in the past because I was sure that it would be an obnoxious cultish tribute to white racist masculinity and that I would find it offensive. And while I do describe the characters to my friends and family as, “some of the craziest white people that have ever been on television,” I don’t mean it as insult; I mean it as a selling point. Race and racism on the show are, for the most part, properly contextualized and represented with intriguing complexity and candor, which I appreciate.

Contrary to my initial expectations, I have found the show to be one of the most thoughtful deconstructions of masculinity I have ever witnessed in popular culture and one of the best-written shows on television. At the same time, your show has some of the most interesting women characters on television; all of them challenge conventional stereotypes of women and gender roles in unexpected ways. Katey Sagal’s performance is breathtaking with its masterfully interwoven elements of strength, vulnerability, and incisive intelligence, and she earned her Golden Globe many times over; Ally Walker’s agent Stahl is the most charming sociopath I’ve ever seen; Maggie Siff’s Tara displays a disconcerting combination of gentleness and brutality, and I am both impressed and disturbed by the body count she’s racked up! As a black woman, I cannot tell you how much I appreciated that the fierce yet feminine Fiona was played by an actress of African descent. In fact, like many African Americans, I am of Irish descent so seeing Bellina Logan playing Fiona was especially sweet for me. - CONTINUED -

Dionne said...

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As a psychocultural anthropologist, I adore the elegant and intricate intersections of cultural and psychological identity woven into all of the characterizations, even those of minor characters. Representing that balance is difficult, and representing it well is rare; yet, you have achieved it. The tension between individual life and cultural life is a central dynamic of how we function in actual social groups, and you have documented and interpreted it quite beautifully. As a literature lover, I appreciate the elements of Hamlet, Oedipus, and The Oresteia that have been woven into the narrative. (Maureen is a kind of Cassandra, I suppose, and Gemma is certainly a compelling Clytemnestra/Gertrude. In fact, I am hoping to see an Electra figure in upcoming seasons to give Gemma a run for her money. Perhaps, Tara will become an Electra figure after reading John Teller’s letters or Trinity will become Electra-fied and avenge his death? I cannot wait to see!)

I study – and love - Hip Hop culture, and I thought I was going insane because I kept seeing elements of Hip Hop culture and African American culture in the Jackson character’s 1) clothing aesthetics, especially the white kicks, 2) in his physical aesthetics, both in his general movements and, especially, his intense stroll, which reminds me of my dad’s, 3) and, occasionally, in his speech style in terms of intonation. I was relieved to find I was not losing my mind when I discovered an interview with you in which you explained that some of the younger bikers are influenced by Hip Hop culture. And a compliment for Charlie Hunnam’s accent: Except for four years of college, I have lived in California since I was three. During every episode, I was amazed that Nicholas Nickleby, which is what I call Charlie Hunnam because that was the role in which I was introduced to him, has been able to achieve an accent that is not only American, but is specifically, Californian. Throughout all three seasons, I heard only two accent errors from Hunnam, and both were in scenes that included Tommy Flannagan, whose accent probably influenced them.)

In any case, I decided to write to you because I began to reflect on my fascination with the show in general, about the subtle Hip Hop elements in Jackson’s characterization, and about the inadequate recognition the show has received for its women characters. It saddened me that so many people might be missing the show because, like me, they assumed that the show was about and for racist white men. I wanted to encourage you to actively market the show to three audience groups of which I am to some degree a member and which I believe would follow the show if they were educated about the show and were properly engaged.

Those groups are 1) Women of all ages and races 2) Hip Hop fans, who are a multiethnic group of primarily but not exclusively young people and 3) African Americans of both genders, but particularly young African American men. I suspect that many people in all three groups continue to share my flawed initial perception that the show is about racist white men and that it would insult rather than appeal to them. Therefore, I suggest that when you market the fourth season, it might serve you to recognize that there are misperceptions about the show that cannot only be corrected but, if transformed, can expose the show to new audiences, which are likely to be tremendously loyal.
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Dionne said...

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Well, Mr. Sutter, those are my thoughts. I love SOA; I want everybody to love it as much as I do. I want your audience to grow, and I thought I would share some general suggestions about how that might be achieved.

Best of luck to you and everybody associated with the show!

Sincerely,

Dionne B., Ph.D.

P.S. Regarding Jackson’s/Nicholas Nickleby’s/Charlie Hunnam’s stroll: my dad was a doctor, and his stroll was so serious that people at the hospitals used to call him Mr. Jefferson behind his back after the character in the tv show The Jeffersons. I promise that if you play Charlie Hunnam’s Jackson stroll next to Mr. Jefferson’s stroll-- which I believe can be found in the opening credits of The Jefferson --on a monitor, they will be identical. I dare you to find a difference.

bubbeth2 said...

Kurt,

Thanks again for all you do for the fans of SOA.....I am sure you hear it all the time, but you are a breath of fresh air...the passion you have for SOA is beyond amazing and it is so wonderful for you to take time to share it with us in all of these formats, we are an instant gratification society and while I hate to admit it I have become relient on YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK as part of routine....Thanks for being part of it , especially as we wait for Season 4....

Carly (Ketzirah) said...

I have to say my pet rabbits would never sit so docilely in my hands. Of course, I'm not you. Clearly....

Love the show. Waiting desperately for netflix to get season 3 already. Thanks for making one of the best shows on TV, and feeding the fans while we wait between seasons. Even those of us a season behind.

More bunny.

Melissa Baggett said...

I'm here for the bunny. ;)