Kurt Sutter, creator of the FX series “Sons of Anarchy,” has a response to those inserting his television series into the conversation about the biker gang shootout that killed 9 people in Waco, Texas, Sunday. The TV writer posted a politically charged message on his Instagram Tuesday addressing apparent media scrutiny of his show.
“I’ve been getting a lot of texts and emails about the recent shooing in Texas,” said Sutter on Instagram. “I have no opinion to offer. Because I have no facts. Just aftermath data. No one knows the truth, but the members involved. Don’t believe the law enforcement rhetoric. Don’t believe the b------- media spin. It’s all hype and speculation. I just hope the clubs involved can find a solution that doesn’t lead to more dead brothers.”
Sutter’s post appears to address the assertion that “Sons of Anarchy,” which concluded its final season last December, misrepresents or endorses the dangerous nature of biker gangs. Sutter, who spent time with some North Carolina biker organizations while researching for the show, suggests that the media is sensationalizing the incident and exaggerating the threat the groups pose to society. Sutter posted his message with a caption reading, “I am not an outlaw biker. I just wrote one on TV.”
Nine suspected gang members were killed in the Texas shootout Sunday in the parking lot of the Twin Peaks Restaurant in Waco. One hundred and seventy suspected gang members have been arrested in connection with the fatal brawl. Members of as many as five separate gangs were involved in the altercation and police were already on the scene when the violence started. In addition to guns, many of the gang members were armed with knives and brass knuckles.
Kurt Sutter is currently working a new series for FX, “The Bastard Executioner.” The show will center on a veteran knight who decides to hang up his sword in 24th century England.