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Sunday, July 17, 2011

WHERE HAVE ALL THE FLOWERS GONE, DOCTOR BOMBAY?


I'm three-quarters of the way through a post I started a couple months ago about the process of buying an entertainment award.  The post shines a light on the time, money and effort companies put into media campaigns to drum up support for a show or movie to win awards. It's a combination of personal experience, historical data and harsh opinion. I may still publish it, but not now. Truth is, anything I say about an award this week will be turned into Sheenian pulp.

Clearly, my Twitter Emmy set got a lot of play this week. It started out making me giggle, then as it was picked up and spun into poison, it made me cringe. I got calls from Christian relatives I didn't even know I had, telling me that Jesus could still save my soul. Any of you who watch the show, know what my response was to that outreach. I then tried to give the tweets some context later on in the day, but that got Levinized as well. Even as I type this blog, I know it will be turned into something desperate and ill-intended.

But I'm not really a crawl-in-the-hole-and-wait-for-it-to-pass kinda guy.  So I'll say a few words to put it to bed... until next July.  First off, I'd like to apologize to my wife for including her in several of my ruder tweets.  Unlike me, Katey is an enormously private person and sometimes the negative shit I stir up baffles her.  She loves and supports me, but when folks start attacking me for my bombastic behavior, it upsets her.  I need to do a better job distancing her from shit they may blow back on both of us.

As for the Emmys -- as much as I think my cast and crew deserved a slew of them, I was not expecting any nominations this year.  Even for Katey.  I saw her Golden Globe heat wane by April and I knew she was going to be left off the ballot.  So Thursday's dismiss was not a surprise.  It stung and it was disappointing, but not a shock. 

Last month I wrote this blog:

SEASON 4 UPDATE... AND SOME CUNTLESS EMMY THOUGHTS

I had every intention of honoring that.  I really wasn't going to weigh in at all.  I began with a couple innocuous remarks about taking the nominees out to lunch.  I was having fun.  My followers were digging it, so I kept going.  They got darker, more absurd and in my twisted, little mind, funnier.  But apparently, me and my twits were the only ones laughing.  

Fair enough.  I'm not claiming I didn't mean to tweet them or they were a mistake.  I put it out there and I'll take the hit.  I don't apologize or default on anything.  Quite the opposite, the backlash gives me a greater sense of resolve.  Fuck 'em.  In hindsight, I guess the intent of the twitter jag was to shine a light on the absurdity of the awards and the weight people (like me) give them.  The truth: I HATE that I was disappointed.  I hate that I was disappointed, more than I hate the actual rejection.  It's fucked that a bunch of half-attentive couch-sitters who don't watch half the shit they are voting for decide who gets a piece of fake gold -- and that's what it takes for me to feel worthy.  Fuck.  I'm embarrassed to say how much I crave that douchebag trophy.  (There's your headline, cunts).

That obvious confession out of the way, clearly I feel that the Emmy voting is a very flawed process.  I'm not saying that those who are nominated or win are not deserving, I'm just saying not ALL of the nominees or winners deserve the kudos.  It has never been, nor under the current structure, will it ever be an accurate measure of quality.  In my opinion, the only award that is a true measure of excellence in television is the TCA award.  Voted on by educated individuals, inside a controlled, payola-free system.  (Didn't see me going off when we didn't get any of them did you?) 

Anyway.  Below are all my Emmy tweets.  Nothing edited out.  In order, from last to first.  You decide if they are tabloid worthy.  Let me know where you land.  I'll be out in the backyard picking poppies with the warlocks. 


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28 comments:

Average Teen Girl said...

I think the system of these awards is so bazaar. The same shows get nominated and the same people win. Why not have some diversity. I think the main issue is that SOA is so fucking hardcore, they don't know what category to put it in. Sure it's got more blood than the other shows in it, but we live in the 21st century. How old are the people that run the emmys? If it was viewers who got to vote for who gets nominated and who wins, I think SOA would be in there for sure. I think it's awful that compared to so many other shows, SOA is so unknown. I didn't even know about it until a few weeks ago and now I can't imagine my life without having watched it. I hope you gain the much recognition you deserve as well as the cast, it would be a shame for such a fantastic show to not be celebrated by everyone.

JudgeRAW00 said...

I think you have a legit gripe with the award process, it proves you have a passion for what you do. If anyone is doing what they do without the desire to be the best then what reason are they doing it for? Especially in the entertainment industry where recognition is how you get more work and better pay. Not saying that's why you're upset, as I think you get as much recognition with or without the trophy. But the most important thing to most viewers is that the people theyre watching aren't doing it just to make a lot of money but because they want to entertain. I think this proves you have that desire.

Mark Vega said...

Kurt - I can't really imagine the pressure of delivering the show let alone the pressure of reacting to the reactions to your reaction over the emmys. I love that you can't simply say nothing. That's fucking priceless and perhaps the underlying attraction to your work for all of the redwood original die hard fans. And, importantly, respect the no-cunt till midnight promise. I'm going to use that the next time I feel the pressure to keep the mothership happy. Mark Vega

Rich Cain said...

I had missed your tweets so thanks for posting them here. They made me laugh. The best comedy always has a seed of truth to it.

'Sons of Anarchy' will be remembered for decades as one of the greatest achievements in the history of TV drama. It may take a few years and probably not until it is off the air until SOA is fully appreciated for the truly excellent art that it is. But it will be sweet when that appreciation and recognition arrives. Maybe in its last year, SOA will get sympathy noms (I'm talking to you FNL).

At that time people will be shaking their heads over 'Harry's Law', 'The Killing', 'SVU', 'House', 'Dexter' and say to themselves, "What the fuck was I thinking?"

Fern said...

I wonder if you were a comedy showrunner would this have blown up the way it did? For some reason because you write about outlaws, pussy and guns means you can't be funny.

SavannahSkye said...

You know, whatever field we may work in, we always have ''TPTB', be it in TV, politics or in my case in Medicine...And in every case, they act like they walk on water, they make out they piss wonders and shit miracles, when in reality, they have a huge fuckin stick in their asses which is in dire need of removal to make them at least half human!

SOA is a truly remarkable work of art, which for sure, does deserve recognition from TV's 'TPTB', not only for the writing, but for everythin! There are some fantastic actors working together, and the chemistry is amazing.

That is your Emmy Mr Sutter, the knowledge that you have created something special, something which is loved by millions, not some fake gold bling shite, (which in all honesty is fuckin ugly and would prolly be delegated to the smallest, least used bog in your home ;)...)

Fuck 'em, the bunch of CUNTS!!!!!

Cindy Johnson said...

Kurt, just remember when the "Academy" ignores you, Katey & SOA, you have millions of fans who love & respect you & what you do. My ex got me hooked on SOA & when I finally booted him out, he took all the DVDs with him! So I went out & got my own. Waiting impatiently for Season 3 on DVD & Season 4 to start. Just remember, man.....you are loved!

Rhonda Gibson said...

Once again SOA got fucked even though it's the best show on tv period. Unbelievable! Maybe you should submit the clips next year with laugh tracks. They seem to love those.

lowecat said...

Mr. Sutter (though you're younger than me, you deserve the respect!), the so - called entertainment/tabloid media were not humane in their fucking you up the ass. No lube. Just a stiff poke up the ole poop chute because they could. You, me, and the rest of your twitter followers knew damn good and well you were shootin' from the hip with your tongue in cheek.

They were lookin' for attention, and knew if they used your name, they'd get it. They definitely live up to the definition of nasty cunts.

OK, all colorful metaphors aside, I've said it before and will say it again, it sucks worse than an Electrolux that SOA got snubbed yet again. We, the fans, hoped that Ms. Sagal's Golden Globe win would open the door a crack.

Unfortunately not.

As history tells us, the Oscars, which begat the Emmys, were originally just a studio 'fuck you' to other studios. The statues weren't given based on true merit. It wasn't until later years that merit awards came into play.

Still, I honestly believe that awards are not based on how well you do, but on how much shit you eat/sniff/partake from those that dish it out. The browner your nose, the better your chances of getting an Emmy.

This is not to say that Shawn Ryan has a brown nose for Terriers getting a nod. Far from it. He just knows how to lay low.

You don't. You can't see stupdity and not comment on it. It's not within you to do so, and that's one of the reasons I follow your tweets and your blog. Did you really think it was because of SOA?

Surprise!

I'm goin' to repeat somethin' i've said on the twitters and in this blog response. I hope you take it to heart.

The proof that you are loved is in the following. You may not have Mr. Tiger Blood's followers, but the ones you have are true. Especially those of us who comment back. Whether you answer or retweet us or not, we respond to you. And not to blow smoke up your ass, either.

We follow you because you're smart. You're original. You make sense in an otherwise senseless PC environment. You call things like you see 'em, and damn the torpedoes afterwards. You're real in a make believe land.

The numbers (ratings) for SOA don't lie, my friend. It doesn't make up for the loss of recoginition from your peers. We all want that. We all crave it. We want to be accepted for the hard work we do, and get envious when less deserving (or those we thing are less deserving) get what we crave. It's human nature, baby.

But you are loved. Shaved bunnies, warped sense of humor, cargo shorts, sandals, long pauses and 'uhs' and all. Don't fear us. Love us.

We grok. (See Robert Heinlein's Visitor to a Strange Planet for the use / definition of that word).

And having grokked, I wait with baited breath for your next series of tweets.

Here's a cyber hug. Give one to Katey. And the bunnies.

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Purrs and whisker kisses from the Lowecat.

Johnny said...

I love the show and think it should get some nod's for sure but to be quite frank I never expected it to get a single nomination let alone any awards at all coming from the Hollywood establishment.

Our society is all about conformity these days and let's be blunt - SOA oozes non-conformity from every pore, from the club members themselves to the two-timing fed Stahl and even the 'good guy' cop who does the right thing even when it's not what his badge says is the right thing, and practically every single other character in the show.

It's not what the establishment is looking to promote, plain and simple.

Add in the typical PR role and "buying awards" and a show like SOA would have to overcome some very great odds to be recognized by the academy.

But anyone who has any intelligence knows the academy is a joke, these award shows are just about stroking ego's and padding pocket books.

So the people that actually matter(fans) fully recognize SOA and all of it's contributors great work.

Also, now I just can't wait for season 7... damn you, waiting for 04 is hard enough! lol

PS - You should just make your own award show for SOA, then you get all the nominations and the awards without bribing anyone!

The Mulkster said...

Shame on you Kurt, you know, as well as I, that the only award that is a true measure of excellence in television is the amount of people who watch your show. That should be your barometer of how cool or relevant you and the show are. Nominations and awards are all for fucking sissies. Pussies who like to stand around and talk about how big their cock is rather than go out and use it for what it was intended. Twitter-Storm 2011 is another example of these same types of people worrying about shit that doesn't really matter. What really matters is that SOA is fuckin' awesome and 2.4 million adults 18-49 and 3.6 million total viewers agree with me! Perspective, Kurt! Perspective! Now, get back to work on the S4 Finale Will ya!? Sheesh....

Mother Darla said...

Oh Mr. Sutter. This is SO not right. SO against my higher self, but you may make me start following Twitter despite my resolve. Damn you, Mr. Sutter!

Anonymous said...

The Wire received zero Emmys and only two nominations and everyone and his brother agrees it´s one of the best TV shows of all times. If not the best. The Shield didn´t get a single nomination for best writing over the years. What a joke!

Treme and Community are brilliant shows which most certainly deserve a nod as does SOA. The button line is just as any other award the Emmy Awards will always turn a blind eye to fantastic shows for reasons that have nothing to do with the quality of the show.

You have created one of the best current drama shows on TV and no Emmy snub will change it.

Fuck` em.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I enjoyed reading your tweets that day, they were funny and refreshing. After reading a blurb about the nominations, I went to your Twitter page specifically hoping for what transpired there. I'm sorry that the usual people ran with it. TMZ overreacting to obvious jokes and staking out my place of business to interrogate me would freak me out. ANYWAY. So many people take your tweets for what they are and enjoy them, so thank you for just saying things off the top of your head like that, I hope no one can make you stop.

-Cindy S

Simone said...

I was already hooked on The Shield, and SOA just fucking blew me away. I never, ever felt, feared and hoped so much for fictional characters. You just get sucked into this world and get totally lost in 40 awesome minutes.
I love the way you create this stories for us Mr Sutter. You are truly gifted and got the guts to just throw it all out there. If the fuckers deny to notice, I'm pretty sure your fans will make you your own Emmy outta Harley parts :o) would look better anyway !

grace said...

I agree, of course, with the chorus of "fuck 'em." But beyond that, I just wanted to say that I'm really impressed by your insight into your self, if not your self-control. I think it's admirable that you can admit that this shit matters to you, even if it is a stupid system, and that you're more bothered by it mattering than you are by being snubbed. I haven't seen a whole lot of that kind of honestly coming out of your business lately, and I think it's great.

Gl0riacat said...

Thanks for being honest and saying that you did want an Emmy (or even just a nomination), and then admitting that it made you mad that you didn't get one.

That's what is really important about this whole "scandal" - that you had the balls to just say the truth about the fact that you wanted an Emmy for your damn show.

And it's okay to want to want Emmy.

We all do.

Take care.

e.a. from t.b

Anonymous said...

I would really like to see Otto Tweeting from the prison library, Braille typing CUNT CUNT CUNT CUNT CUNT all day long. Also, someone should learn to sign. The network doesn't know the sign for cunt. These advancements in the network's outreach to disenfranchised people will get you a Pulitzer or a Peabody, and then suck on THAT, Raylan Givens.

EyesWideOpen said...

So fuck em if they cant take a joke anyway, the joke is that they are the joke in reality, my advice to them would be grow thicker skin and shut the fuck up. Hacked your channel did they, well that is so 'them' isnt it? Censorship is the refuge of those disabled by the truth, if the cap fits, I'll take a shit in it and you can wear it motherfuckers. I used to encounter old fuckwits like "them" at the odd wedding, they always had the same lame comment "You'll be next" so I started going to funerals and saying the same thing to them...

EyesWideOpen said...

Sorry man if I just posted that comment 10 fucking times, not used to this comment setup or maybe I am just a dumb cunt ;o)

Anonymous said...

I love the show and all my friends is loving it.
I tell them stop watching Crap (Whisper,HawaaaII-%...my god that is shit.)
I have all the Dvds and i drive a Harley .

Regards
Peter Gyllner

Anonymous said...

I don't get the awards beef. I watch the show; I enjoy the show, but what does it matter if it doesn't garner any awards. How many artists, musicians will never get their due while second rate hacks, with pretty teeth and a lot of plastic surgery, receive approbation for ripping them off. I'm sure you don't write this show for the accolades. Loyal fan base is the ultimate award.

Sammy said...

You so craze you sane. It makes my inner bits happy to read your brain slosh. Up, down, up, down. Round and round I go. What a fucking ride.

Please never stop the beyond good, painfully real television writing and thanks for being an honest human. So nice to see one these days. There's too many sniveling gollums peddling around. Knowing where you stand is half the battle of being decent. Having the balls to say it out loud makes you accessible. If you told me you didn't want an Emmy, I'd stop watching your show. It's nice to know there are others out there who want what doesn't really matter, but can't let go of how good it would feel to receive that inept piece of metal. As if it would scratch that little itch way down inside where you don't want to look. Well you looked and we liked. Hope those old fuckers will scratch your itch honest one day.

The show is brillz. You're poured all over it. The fans will continue to eat it up. The codgers can go screw.

Cathy said...

Kurt,
I love SOA, If the assholes aren't smart enough to get it...there is plenty of your fans who do! Fuck these douche bags. They get press once a year. Kurt Sutter & SOA is talked about all year long! SOA is a great show with more deserving people in it than a lot of these emmy assholes can count! We love you, and the show, the people that really matter are behind you.

Shannon Schrader said...

Sir,
You should be disappointed. I get how those awards work and you are ab so lute ly right, I think like everything in life it's about who you know. I started watchingvthe show first season and I was very impressed. Not a biker chick but I get strong family ties. I kept tuning in because it was raw and original and life- well at least like mine. The bond between mother and son is strong, at least for me and I've gone to bat for my kid more times than you can count. The day he thanked me, I was stunned and then I cried. He has a good future. The Gemma character defends her family tooth and nail. That's real, not fluff and really good writing. I am sorry, not just because I'm a fan but because I am a person. You juggle ideas, I juggle my home. Also good business decisions on the cast. Yeah you got a money maker on pretty boy but I saw him in Nicolas Nicolby and thought he would go stage. He has really put himself in this role quite nicely. So in cheesy conclusion, you and cast were overlooked in a bad way. I would be angry and there are many people that feel the same. Good Luck. I wish I had a magic pill to make it right. Keep it rolling and as hard as it is not to be recognized by those couch hacks, do it for us... Shannon Schrader

DaniMarie said...

I have just resigned myself to that fact that (most) of the shows/movies that get nominated are mainstream crap that is hopelessly boring and unoriginal. God forbid you try to be different or interesting...the world can't handle it! The thing I love most about SOA is that the fans are so diverse. The 25 year old female teacher next door is just as likely to love it as the guys down at the local biker bar. Yes, it can be extremely violent at times, but the characters are written and portrayed so well, that the audience is still able to connect and truly care about them. Every single person I have introduced the show to has loved it. No lie.

The same shows are nominated every year, and I probably wouldn't even mind if they were still good, but many of them are not. There were only 2 shows that I was really hoping would be recognized this year, and they are SOA, and FNL. Two VERY different shows, but they are both truly original, with great writing and amazing actors.

So while I know that it is just human nature to crave acceptance on some level, I hope you know how much the fans truly love this show and all the hard work that you put into it. You are pretty badass, Mr. Sutter. I can't wait until Spetember! Keep up the great work!

Melissa Baggett said...

YOU CRACK ME UP. I'm using the bar joke.

cwellner said...

Here's what i don't understand about the awards process: in season 2 of your show Katey Sagal somehow managed to take a scenario 98% of tv viewers couldn't relate too or understand in any way (here reaction to the rape ) & did such a good job of presenting it that it made perfect sense me to not tell her family what happened, to be scared her husband wouldn't want her after it. i don't think it's possible to express just how foreign that situation is to regular middle class america but she related it perfectly & not even a nomination. shouldn't awrds be defined by that type of performance? anyone can play the role of a politician trying to keep his moral ground in washington or a cop who plays by his own rules we've seen that a thousand times! She took a womans reaction to a horrific crime in a direction most would never even consider & made it make sense!! i hate award show