He made one, although it’s a little more accepting of his show’s lack of Emmy love than you might think. Sutter even points out that “Sons of Anarchy” could lose fans if it were ever to attract the attention of Emmy voters.
“There’s a certain cachet that comes with being snubbed in all major categories. Repeatedly,” Sutter begins in his column on NikkiFinke.com. “Honestly — and I actually believe this — I think we’d drop viewers if ‘Sons of Anarchy’ were ever nominated for an Emmy. My bombastic outlaw-a**hole reputation would be tarnished. Or rather, untarnished. I’d be just another smiling d*****bag in a new suit, pretending to give a s*** on the red carpet. Actually … taking a s*** on the red carpet, that’s something that might drop as a ‘real and honest moment’.”
The scatological concerns of Emmy honors aside, Sutter points out that he’s not actually opposed to getting an Emmy. “That’s not to say that I don’t want to win an Emmy,” he says. “I absolutely do. More than anything. Any artist who tells you they don’t want to be acknowledged and awarded by their peers is a fat f***ing liar.”
In fact, Sutter feels bad about the snubs in the same way most of us still feel bad about certain aspects of the high school experience. “To explain the feeling, I use an analogy from a part of our lives that probably best describes our industry — high school. Remember when that kid you hated from second period French had that big end of year party? You knew he was a lazy, self-important, pompous d*****bag, and yet when you didn’t get the invitation, you sobbed into your Members Only jacket and a piece of youthful hope cracked off your soul and fell in dogs***.”
Writing like this is one of the many reasons that Emmy Awards ignoring Sutter’s rather brilliant “Sons of Anarchy” for yet another year is a problem. At least Sutter has an eloquent way of dealing with it — small comfort that that is.