'American Horror Story: Cult' Cuts Mass Shooting Scene After Las Vegas Massacre

The latest episode of American Horror Story: Cult has been edited following the deadly mass shooting that occurred in Las Vegas last week.

 

Television program FX revealed in a statement on Monday that they were making substantial changes to a massacre scene that was originally supposed to take place at the beginning of episode six.

"In light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas, creator Ryan Murphy and the producers of American Horror Story: Cult have chosen to make substantial edits to the opening scene of tomorrow night’s 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."

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The scene showed Evan Peters' character, Kai Anderson, giving a speech at a campaign rally, when someone pulls out a gun and opens fire, killing and injuring a number of people in attendance, according to ET.

Murphy spoke during a New Yorker Festival discussion over the weekend, where he opened up about his decision to make the scene less graphic, documented by The Hollywood Reporter.

"Nobody ever talks about victims' rights," he explained. "That's sort of a weird emotional discussion that's never bridged. 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. Should you air it? Should you not air it? How do you be sensitive?"

"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," he added. "So our decision was to re-edit it and I felt that that was the right move."

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