Ryan Murphy cut mass shooting scene in AHS: Cult following Vegas attack

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After last week’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas, FX made the decision to air an edited version of Tuesday night’s episode of American Horror Story: Cult, which initially included a graphic segment depicting a mass shooting.

Cult’s co-creator and show runner, Ryan Murphy, addressed the episode, which was shot in September, at a New Yorker festival panel on Saturday. Of the violence, he said, “Of course it was graphic, the whole point of the piece was to be an obvious anti-gun warning about society.” Upon making the decision to recut the episode, he mused “Probably now is 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.”

Ryan added that much of his reasoning for the edits was to be considerate of the victims of the shooting and their families, pointing out “Nobody talks about victims’ rights — it’s a weird sort of emotional discussion that’s never bridged.” On Monday, FX released a statement about the episode:

”In light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas, Ryan Murphy and the producers of American Horror Story: Cult have chosen to make substantial edits to the opening scene of [Tuesday] night’s episode. This opening, which was filmed two months ago and which portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country, contains a sequence that some viewers might find traumatic.”

[From The Hollywood Reporter]

FX did add that the unedited version of the episode will be available for viewing on VOD and streaming services, including its FXNOW app.

For a television maestro whose programs seem to relay a lot on violent acts (OJ, Versace and every other episode of AHS), I think Ryan made the right decision in making the edits. It just seems a little too soon. Well played, Mr. Murphy.

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9 Responses to “Ryan Murphy cut mass shooting scene in AHS: Cult following Vegas attack”

  1. Brunswickstoval says:

    I find watching lots of gun violence in action movies deeply upsetting now. I started to watch an old Die Hard movie a while ago and couldn’t get past the first 15 minutes due to the violence. It’s too real these days.

    And the whole Weinstein debacle makes me angry people have stopped talking about gun control. Maybe they would have anyway.

    But a good decision nonetheless.

  2. Louise177 says:

    This isn’t new. When other shootings or terrorist attacks happened shows would cut/edit those type of scenes.

  3. Sixer says:

    A good decision.

    I think this season has been excellent so far. Not quite Chris Morris-worthy, but getting there.

  4. Mike says:

    They can just put in another scene of Sarah Paulson screaming and crying

  5. CK3 says:

    If what they showed last night was the “edited” version, I wonder what the unedited version looked like. The mass shooting scene is still there at the end of the show and a character guns down about 4-5 people, in some causes pausing to take aim.

  6. kb says:

    It is probably best that they cut it down. They had a school shooting scene in season one and that scene always made it feel so real and terrifying. I had a feeling they’d have a shooting this season though based on the theme and direction it has taken.

  7. Jordan says:

    I’m indifferent. But good decision based on how others feel.

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