The seventh season of “American Horror Story” on the FX network has sent conservatives into a rage over its portrayal of President Donald Trump’s supporters as a dangerous, violent cult.
Conservative website The Daily Wire said on Wednesday that “the latest season of ‘American Horror Story: Cult’ is just a rehash of the same Hollywood trope of portraying Trump supporters as raging psychopaths who pick fights with innocent Mexicans and terrorize lesbians.”
“The show’s producer Ryan Murphy laughably contends that none of his politics blended into the show,” complained The Daily Wire’s Paul Bois, “even though he spends the whole time showing distressed liberals and one psychotic Trump supporter.”
Newsbusters.com accused “American Horror Story Season 7: Cult” of trafficking in “social justice themes” and “worn-out tropes about conservative racism.”
“The overt addition of politics is just one more thing to add to this show’s offensive bag of tricks. Better pack some snacks, conservatives, this is going to be a long season,” said the right-slanted site.
Season 7 of “American Horror Story” centers around the election of President Donald Trump, with the first episode taking place on the night of the election. The show features a liberal lesbian couple whose relationship becomes strained over one partner’s intense anxiety about the election.
A review in The Atlantic appears to indicate that liberals’ irrational fears and election panic are being satirized alongside conservative stereotypes.
“Sarah Paulson heartily plays the brittle Ally Mayfair-Richards, a mascot for liberal panic,” wrote Spencer Kornhaber. “As it dawns on Ally that neither The Huffington Post nor Rachel Maddow nor Nate Silver can reverse what’s happened, the music rumbles ominously and Paulson shrieks as if her fingernails are being removed with pliers. Her wife, Ivy (Alison Pill), tries to console her with breathing exercises. Their young son, Oz (Cooper Dodson), clutches his stuffed animal in the other room and listens to her screams. Early on, the show seems to ask, What is the adult world’s present hysteria doing to the kids?”
Watch the trailer for “American Horror Story: Cult,” embedded below: