‘American Horror Story’ Cuts Mass Shooting From Upcoming Episode

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“American Horror Story” has made changes to its upcoming episode, in response to the mass shooting in Las Vegas.

Producers of FX’s “American Horror Story” say they’ve edited much of the opening scene showing the aftermath of major gun violence. The original episode, filmed two months ago, was set to show a mass shooting scene as a way to make “an obvious anti-gun warning about society,” according to show producer Ryan Murphy.

In a recent interview with E! News, Murphy explained the editing decision. He stated the following.

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.

The newly edited episode title “Mid-Western Assassin” is set to air Tuesday on FX. But, the original episode will still be made available on FX on-demand. You can watch the trailer for the upcoming episode below:

The “American Horror Story” series, currently in its 7th season, is not new to getting political.

This season, titled “American Horror Story: Cult” has a heavy focus on the election of President Donald Trump.

The season trailer features polar opposite reactions to election night — and obvious signs of liberal bias. The first scene shows a woman, surrounded by family, breakdown in panic as she watches election coverage on MSNBC. The next scene shows a blue-haired cult leader, sitting alone in a dark room, show absolute glee with Donald Trump’s victory.

You can watch the season trailer below:

As consumers of media, it’s important to think beyond the images on your screen. Remember that every producer of every show you watch has an underlying motive much less obvious than simply offering entertainment.