'American Horror Story' Ads Are Giving People Actual Panic Attacks
American Horror Story: Cult premieres on FX on September 5.
The show released an ad for the new season and some people, especially those with trypophobia, are anxious:
Never heard of trypophobia? It is an intense fear of "patterns or groups of small holes, circles, or bumps," and it can be debilitating.
This picture is a perfect example of a triggering image:
New ads for Cult use the small-hole motif quite frequently:
AHS is riffing on the cult "hive-mind" the new season explores, and uses beehives in every promo:
This pattern is sending trypophobia sufferers into a tail spin:
One Twitter user shared a word of warning:
AHS also uses images of scary clowns in their promos, so if you suffer from coulrophobia (the fear of clowns), you're out of luck:
Some felt personally attacked by the advertisements:
Others thought the creators really didn't care:
While others thought the Cult ads took it too far:
Looks like fans will have to deal with it. The episode list shows that AHS: Cult has an entire episode called "Holes"!