As the country is still recovering from the shock of the latest incident in Las Vegas, producers of American Horror story will need to think of editing a major scene from its upcoming episode of American Horror Story.
Following the incident, several reports pointed out that the upcoming episode, American Horror Story: Cult was set to contain a scene that included mass shooting. However, due to the event, the show’s creator Ryan Murphy said that the scene was edited to remove most of the onscreen violent. He said, “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.”
This latest take on the series is certainly interesting since the scene was graphic to show the horrors of gun violence. However, given the recent incident, the timing of such depiction isn’t alright and the showrunners have decided to edit the scene although it was shot more than a month earlier.
This is far from the first time a series had to go through changes due to ongoing events. For instance, following the shooting, Netflix had decided that the time wasn’t particularly right for a show like Punisher which will show increased on screen violence. However, the choice of editing out the scene from the upcoming episode means that the showrunners are trying to address its audiences’ rights. As Ryan Murphy pointed out, the episode will still contain a mass shooting scenario but the scenes will be moved to off-screen so that nobody will need to see it.