So it comes as no surprise that soon after Emmy nominations were announced Thursday morning — and Sons of Anarchy was nowhere to be found — Sutter took to his blog to rant about the snub.
"Let's face it, kids, we are the dirty-faced outlaws who no one wants in their clean white town. We are too loud, too violent, too brash," Sutter wrote. He then took thinly veiled shots at nominees including Glee and Mad Men: "We don't sing, have pretty sets, or wear retro suits. They admire us from afar, wish they could do what we do, then they pull the shades and settle for the familiar and safe."
Sutter especially bemoaned the missing nomination for his leading lady, and wife, Katey Sagal, and fired a missive directly at the inclusion of seven-time nominee Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order: SVU. Sagal, who plays Gemma on Sons, was considered a dark horse but a strong contender for best leading actress for a drama series among many TV critics.
Sagal and Sons were each recently nominated for Television Critics Association Awards.
Despite the exclusion, Sutter said he embraces the lack of recognition because living "outside the love circle" makes him a "more relative artist." "Yes, accolades are wonderful, (and if we were nominated I'd be calling the Academy geniuses) but at the end of the day, I'm simply grateful that I get paid a lot of money to do something I love," he wrote. "And so, I go back to work, on the wrong side of the tracks."