FX announced on Monday that Ryan Murphy, producer and co-creator of American Horror Story chose to make significant cuts to the opening scene of the shows latest episode in consideration of the recent tragic events that occurred in Las Vegas.
The episode titled "Mid-Western Assassin" originally included “an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country.” Murphy Spoke about the episode last Saturday at the New Yorker Festival.
"I believe I have the right to air it," Murphy said, "But I also believe in victims' rights, and I believe that now is not the week to have something explosive or incendiary in the culture."
Murphy & FX made the call they felt was right. I respect them for their thought & consideration for the victims' families.— Ron McKenzie (@ronniemick) October 9, 2017
The right decision for the time being but I hope that the Netflix/DVD-Version contains the scene as the writers wanted it to be— 🐢💚🏳️🌈 (@_fabio_v_) October 9, 2017
I respect his choice. It will still be a great episode.— Monique Slaven (@moanique12) October 9, 2017
Murphy later said the episode, which was filmed months earlier, included the scene to make "an obvious anti-gun warning about society." Though reactions were mixed many fans believed the show's graphic nature made it an ideal platform to tackle the subject of gun violence head on instead of avoiding it. Others felt the choice was incongruous to the spirit of the show.
Or they could leave the scene as is and precede the show with information about him violence. Don't sanitize how destructive this issue is.— Kevin (@KevSmileTime) October 9, 2017
This season has been nothing short of displaying the reality of the present world. Why change it now?— G679 (@Girlie678) October 9, 2017
I think it wouldve been better if u kept it in and took some time before to talk about gun violence and perhaps plug the Vegas victims fund.— *insert spooky name* (@inunerleeurah) October 10, 2017
And people having spikes shoved up their asses and then set on fire last season was easy watching?— Tim Phillips (@TimPhillips57) October 10, 2017
So we can handle a gimp getting ripped apart with hooks but not a mass shooting? Wtf. Don’t watch the show if you can’t hang with the spook.— Ava Tutza (@aveesterr) October 10, 2017
The edited episode aired Tuesday evening. The unedited version of the episode will be available to view on the VOD platform of cable, satellite or telecom providers, as well as on the FX Network's digital platforms, FXNow and FX+.