Although most of you probably don’t watch “Sons of Anarchy,” I fairly guarantee that most of you would dig that show to Australia. It’s never gotten a ton of exposure, and if you’re like me, you spent a year thinking it was a reality show about motorcycle bikers. It’s not. But it is fantastic. And it’s starting to catch on. Slowly, word is beginning to spread, and DVDs are being Netflixed and marathoned and, hopefully, by September — when the third season premieres — the audience will reach a beautiful cult crescendo.
Of course, with success comes pitfalls. In this case, just as the Emmy voters are considering their votes, some dickbag with a hard-on for some unearned cash has brought suit against “SoA” creator, Kurt Sutter, and F/X claiming they stole his idea for the show. Apparently, this man — New York City Hells Angel president Chuck Zito — brought the idea of a show revolving around an outlaw motorcycle gang to F/X in 2004. Sutter’s show began development in 2006. It must be the same show, right?
Yesterday, Sutter took to his blog to shoot down the allegations, and Sutter doesn’t mince words. In typical “SoA” fashion, Sutter verbally craps down Zito’s leg:
Before I dissect the claim, let me say that I know guys like Chick. He tried to file a legal claim a few months back and it was so preposterous that I believe FX legal simply dismissed it. So he’s pissed and he’s desperate. What we are witnessing now is his “plan B”. And it’s outlaw mentality in full gear. He will take his bogus claim and shop it to every celebrity rag and website hungry for topical gossip, he’ll go on Celebrity Justice, TMZ, any sleaze forum or cable access show that will have him. He will become a bitter, juvenile gnat buzzing in the ear of FX and myself. He will use lies, intimidation, and his big mouth to become such a pain in the ass, in the hope that Fox will throw some money at him to shut the f*ck up. It’s not a coincidence that his claim hits while Academy members are voting.
Here’s the problem with his plan. When it comes to parting with cash, there’s one badass outlaw that makes Zita look like a pussy — his name is Rupert, and Rupe don’t sway. Trust me, Chucky could firebomb our lot and Fox wouldn’t fork over a f*cking dime to this guy. That’s why I love them… my parent company is as stubborn and aggressive as I am.
So here’s my bi-monthly reminder to every delusional bitch who thinks that they’ve come up with the idea for SOA —
HAVING THE F*CKING IDEA IS NOT THE SHOW. THERE HAVE BEEN DOZENS OF OUTLAW MOTORCYCLE TV DRAMAS PITCHED IN THE LAST TEN YEARS. NONE OF THEM HAS MADE IT TO SERIES, EXCEPT SOA. BECAUSE THEY SUCKED. The same way there were dozens of mob family pitches before the Sopranos and crime scene pitches before CSI.
Eloquent, ain’t he?