If you’re anything like me, you oddly enjoy disturbing images and get a kick out of gruesome movies and happenings. Not many people share the same interest as myself, so if you don’t that is perfectly ok too. American Horror Story (AHS) eloquently commingles horror and gory, with humor and realism. Mixing all those elements, thus gives you my favorite show on the entire planet and some seriously good entertainment, and if you are just now getting into it, shame on you! The controversy the show provokes is savory to my appetite for engaging debates. AHS loves to exploit topics regular shows aren’t daring enough to touch base with, like religion, homosexuality, politics, sex, gender roles, feminism…the list is limitless and the weird level this show exemplifies is the perfect cherry on top.
This season AHS, yet again, pushed the boundaries with its plot centered around the 2016 presidential election. Now, I was a little skeptical at first given that the last few seasons haven’t been my fave. AHS Roanoke was definitely a turning point for me, after Hotel and Freak Show I didn’t think AHS could get any more ridiculous and then Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk did it with season six. When season four Freak Show hit the television screen I thought it was the beginning of the end of an amazing series, and that was confirmed by season five Hotel, with vampires, Hypodermic Sally and all other mystical elements I knew AHS creators must be running out of sauce. After the last three seasons inevitably being three stars instead of five, to make season six worthy it had to be very realistic and GOD DAMNMIT THEY DID THAT. Sara Midkiff wrote for Refinery29 an article titled, “American Horror Story: Cult Creator Teases Trump Ties, Cult Leaders, & Phobias,” describing season six as, “The scariest things are the ones that have an element of truth to it. Perhaps this is why the impending premiere of American Horror Story: Cult has us feeling jumpy.”
Season six gave the series its much needed come back. Mixing psychology with politics and you’ve got a seriously twisted, realistic and unpredictable show. Its interesting watch, being that every episode is parallel to the political and social issues that are dividing the country. We have the main character Kai Anderson, who is intelligent, witty, charismatic and a psychotic revolutionary. He has a cult of clowns, which we all know is symbolic of the KKK, where he recruits people by feeding off their fears. He studies his prodigies, figuring out their fears and wants, then uses their naivety to sway them into following his way of life. I loved watching the show, because it amazed me how easily influenced people are when their fearful of the future, they look for a savior and are blinded by current events, they not sure of the end results, but they follow someone who they believe they can trust, without solid validation.
The clown cult, the phobias, the psychotic dictator and the band of idiotic followers is a foreseeable representation of the America we live in today. We have trigger happy citizens, who go to large gatherings, like political rallies and shoot up the spot. We have those unjust cops, who let white people get away with everything, including killing a minority and fabricating a lie to make it seem like because said person could’ve been an immigrant its perfectly ok. Season six did well on giving us a look at how chaos irrupted after the election, where we were suppose to make history again with a female president, pushing the feminist movement 10 steps ahead. Instead we have an uproar on at home terrorism and different political movements that bring the skeletons out the history closet of the true United States of America.