A mass shooting scene that was supposed to be featured on American Horror Story this week has been edited substantially in the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, according to FX.
The network announced the changes in a statement Monday.
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 tomorrow nights episode, the statement said. 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.
While Tuesdays episode will be heavily edited, FX said the original version will still be available on demand.
This season of AHS dubbed Cult centers around the election of Donald Trump and the fear surrounding his presidency.
Creator Ryan Murphy confirmed this weekend that hed be changing the upcoming episode following the events in Las Vegas, but he didnt give specific details about the scene he was editing.
I just made the decision that Im going to have all of that violence be shown for the most part off camera, Murphy told reporters at The New Yorker Festival on Saturday, explaining that it was a hard decision.
Should you air it? Should you not air it? How do you be sensitive? he remembered asking himself. 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 changes to this weeks episode which is titled Mid-Western Assasin make AHS the latest television series to make edits in the wake of a tragedy.
Popular shows such as Mr. Robot and Shooter have been postponed in the past due to shootings.
Nobody ever talks about victims rights. Thats sort of a weird emotional discussion thats never bridged, Murphy said Saturday. But I felt great sympathy for people who were affected, certainly, and family members and loved ones and people who are upset about the way the world is.