“American Horror Story: Cult”, just like the previous installments of the anthology series, is far from being shy to show shocking and violent imagery. However, creator Ryan Murphy recently revealed at The New Yorker Festival panel that he would re-edit an upcoming episode, which was initially set to feature mass shooting, in the aftermath of devastating Las Vegas massacre.
“I just made the decision that I’m going to have all of that violence be shown for the most part off camera,” Murphy said during a discussion with the magazine’s TV critic Emily Nussbaum. He revealed that the episode, which was filmed back in September, was too graphic since “the whole point of the piece was to be an obvious anti-gun warning about society.”
He continued, “Then there’s a mass shooting and you have a conversation, which is, ‘Should you air it? Should you not air it? How do you be sensitive?’ ”
“My point of view was I believe I have the right to air it, but I also believe in victims’ rights, and I believe that now is probably not the week to have something explosive or incendiary in the culture because someone who was affected might watch that and it could trigger something or make them feel upset. So our decision was to re-edit it and I felt that that was the right move,” he went on saying.
Murphy further added that he felt a “responsibility” to victims of gun violence. “Nobody ever talks about victims’ rights. That’s sort of a weird emotional discussion that’s never bridged. But I felt great sympathy for people who were affected, certainly, and family members and loved ones and people who are upset about the way the world is,” he revealed.
Las Vegas mass shooting, named the deadliest mass shooting in the U.S. history, occurred on October 1. A gunman, later identified as Stephen Paddock, opened fire on a large crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest music festival. The tragedy killed 59 and left more than 500 injured.
“AHS: Cult” is the latest show to have undergone a swift following the tragedy. Previously, Netflix’s “The Punisher” was pulled from New York Comic-Con since the titular character’s adventures are known for featuring an intense amount of gun violence. USA Network’s “Shooter”, meanwhile, moved its season 2 premiere date twice from the original plan.