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Review: AHS Cult

by Sarah Morris- Copy Editor
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 06:35 pm
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On Tuesday, Sept. 5, “American Horror Story’s” seventh season, “Cult,” premiered on FX. The show takes place almost a year ago. The first episode follows several different characters and their reactions to the election of President Donald Trump. The writers of the show tried to encapsulate the horror a lesbian couple felt when they thought they’d be forced to separate under Trump’s presidency; however, the episode wasn’t horrifying at all. Instead, to me, it was just over-exaggerated whining and crying. It was annoying in every way. 

Sarah Paulson portrayed her coulrophobic, extremely left-wing character. Ally Mayfair- Richards well, and really embraced the awfulness of her personality. Her and her wife, Ivy, have a strained relationship, which Ally blames on the election and her fear of clowns. 

Even worse than Ally was Kai Anderson (Evan Peters), the over-the-top straight-white-republican-male who goes crazy when Trump is elected, humping the television as the news reads the results. At one point, he goes as far as to fill a condom with urine and chuck it at a group of Mexicans, yelling profanities as he does so. Peters has always been one of the backbones of this show and his character in “Cult” is definitely his worst, ruining his adorable and twisted character reputation. Instead, he’s just gross this season. 

I was unsatisfied by Billie Lourde’s character, Winter, who she played exactly like her other character in AHS writer, Ryan Murphy’s, recently canceled show, “Scream Queens.” Both characters she plays are emotionless and speak exclusively in monotone. This worked for her character in “Scream Queens,” but not in “Cult.” She portrays the “stereotypical” millennial girl who dropped out of college to campaign for Hillary and complained that there was no “trigger warning” before they announced the winner of the election, only furthering the generalization that millennials are overly sensitive. 

Ten minutes into the episode, I accepted the fact that it would be disappointing, but I still had high hopes for Colton Haynes (of “Teen Wolf ” and “Arrow”) to save it, only to find out he was in the episode for a total of five seconds and had dyed his hair white. 

It’s clear “American Horror Story” has run out of good ideas and is instead hopping on the political bandwagon to complain about the current state of America instead of their typical (and preferable) ghosts and demons scenarios, though they are making the ridiculous and unnecessary mistake of bringing Twisty the Clown back from season four, “Freak Show.” 

Whether it be that or an attempt to make a statement, it was still a bad move on their part to turn this season into a political debate. I think most of us can agree that we’re sick of hearing about nothing but politics and complaining over this past year. 

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