The always refreshingly blunt Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter took to his blog this morning to respond to a $5 million lawsuit against FX filed by former Oz actor Chuck Zito, a self-proclaimed former leader of the NY chapter of Hell’s Angels, who claims that Sons Of Anarchy was based on an idea he pitched to the cable network 6 years ago. In his lengthy post, titled Douchebaggery Is The Greatest Form of Flattery, Sutter refers to Zito as “half-talent” trying to extort money from FX with his “bogus claim.”
“Here’s the problem with his plan,” Sutter writes. “When it comes to parting with cash, there’s one badass outlaw that makes Zito 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 fucking 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 FUCKING 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.”
Other highlights of Sutter’s rebuttal of Zito’s lawsuit:
“I had a love of the subculture but was not an “outlaw biker”. The same way Damon Lindelof was never marooned on a supernatural island. I did what a good writers does. Research. Then I used a tool that is foreign to all these idiots claiming ownership — it’s called imagination.”
“I guarantee you, the only similarity between Zito’s pitch and SOA is that they wear cuts, do illegal things and ride Harleys.”
“Oh, and by the way, once, in 2004, I was in the lobby of AMC and complained to someone’s assistant that there was a guy in the parking lot acting like a “mad man”. Fuck… AMC and Matt Weiner stole my idea. Clearly I came up with the concept for Mad Men.”