American Horror Story: Cult, the 7th season in the hugely successful anthology series launched by Ryan Murphy in 2011, has been surprisingly well received; it’s surprising because the show was the subject of much controversy before the first episode even aired. Fans expressed exasperation over the announced election theme, but that sentiment has cooled, as the “reality” of America’s sociopolitical climate proved to be a metaphor for personality cults.
But perhaps the most contentious moment for Season 7 came when it was announced that Lena Dunham would appear in AHS: Cult in some capacity. The actress has been a lightning rod for controversy after a series of political gaffs since becoming a popular actress/writer/producer. We’ve since learned that Dunham will appear in one episode only and will be playing Andy Warhol’s would-be assassin, Valerie Solanas.
If you’re like me, you’re only vaguely familiar with name Solanas and the SCUM Manifesto. To find out more about this troubled and fascinating activist, check out the video below from Daily News on YouTube. It’ll give you an overview of Solanas’ life and crimes while putting the character into the context of the American Horror Story Universe.
Have a watch and let us know what you think in the Comments section. After that, peep the trailer for tonight’s episode of American Horror Story: Cult: Valerie Solanas Died for Your Sins: Scumbag.
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