When word first dropped, seemingly out of nowhere, that the theme of American Horror Story Season 7 would revolve around the recent US presidential election, many of us thought showrunner Ryan Murphy was yanking our chains. I had to double-check the calendar to make sure it’s wasn’t already April Fool’s Day! But anyone who thinks Murphy was being sly or misdirecting will no longer be able to doubt the report’s legitimacy; the AHS mastermind elaborated and confirmed his intentions for Season 7 in an exclusive interview with THR.
You’ve been at the forefront of progressive TV with respect to gay storylines and now pushing for more women and minorities on- and offscreen. What do you see as your top responsibility to the culture during a Trump presidency?
Murphy: Well, one is to write about the divisiveness. American Horror Story is going to be about the election that we just went through. And what I’m interested in doing is not just the obvious, single-minded point of view but rather express all sides of that equation. What needs to happen in our country now is for people to listen to each other – we may not always agree with each other and we may be horrified by what the other side is doing but we have to move toward understanding. So that’s one example of what I’m going to do. And then all of the stuff that I’m developing now is going to be about illuminating and highlighting people who don’t have a voice in our culture — people who are ignored by the current administration and who are afraid and feel terrorized that their lives are going to be taken away. I’m interested not just in writing about those people but also in using my financial means to give back to them as well.
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