I must say as an American Horror Story fan, this has been the most intense season to date. Whether you’re a person of color, part of the LGBT community, or a woman, this was the most triggering season of AHS, and the most triggering show this year (in my opinion). Inspired by the 2016 presidential elections and the current race issues of today, American Horror Story: Cult sheds light on what’s going on in our country from the highest in ranks to our everyday people. This season of American Horror Story brought out every emotion and political feeling America is facing, but for those who’ve missed out and didn’t catch the hidden messages, I’ve been watching and paying attention. I couldn’t leave my fellow AHS fans out so here are the hidden messages and symbolism of American Horror Story: Cult.
The Complexity People of Color Face for Voting/Political Parties
From the Obama references to the first episode where the show threw shade at Jill Stein voters, AHS brought to light the heavy conversations we’ve had about voting. In the first episode, it also touched on people of color and the scare tactics used to get them to vote, (an asian couple in the first episode fought because the wife didn’t vote for Hilary, and her husband blamed her for Trump being elected).
Ally trusted the babysitter before her own child (*MAJOR EYE-ROLL), Ally’s wife, Ivy, turned against her, One of Winter’s friends said Obama’s election win isn’t going to be as big as Hilary’s and she denounced the civil rights movement…if that doesn’t scream “white woman tears”, I don’t know what does. Also, Winter was a Hilary supporter and preached so much feminist ideology, but helped Kai plan his reign of terror (sound familiar…56% of white women who voted for Trump?).
Media manipulation/Fake News/ Criminalization of People of Color
Kai set up a group of Latino men to beat him up. One of his followers recorded it, sent it to the news, and made it seem like he was the victim, and he used it as a platform to run for political office and ignite more racial stereotypes.
AHS referenced Charles Manson, Jim Jones, and Heaven’s Gate, but in episode 2 of this season, Ally and Ivy’s new neighbors, the Wiltons, have a love for bees, and the husband, Harrison, explains why beehives are a perfect, natural community; he explains its because everyone is committed to one task, no arguing, and no complaints…just like a cult.
Masculinity/Male Privilege/Male Fragility
Kai is the epitome of white, male privilege and fragility. He slapped one of Winter’s friend because she confronted him on his misogyny in the 10th episode, he causes so much violence and trauma in the community, yet he somehow makes himself to be the victim. He also holds homophobic views while convincing Detective Jack Samuels to have sex with him.
Kai and his mistreatment of Ally and Ivy in the first episode had all of us pissed, even if you weren’t gay.
Being Aligned with People Who Don’t Value You
Does anyone find the irony of Gary Longstreet, a Trump supporter, being portrayed by Chaz Bono, son of Cher, actor, and openly transgender? Doesn’t this remind you of anyone in real life?…(Caitlyn Jenner).
White Domestic Terrorism
During episode 6, an episode that was edited due to the Las Vegas shooting massacre, Meadow Wilton, Ally and Ivy’s new neighbor who loves lemonade, started shooting at a public event before turning the gun on herself…sound familiar?
Intersectional Feminism/The Mental Health of Black Women
Beverly Hope, the only black character on the show, was the victim of racism and discrimination from Kai, Winter and other members of the cult, but just like every woman of color at the Women’s March of 2017, she showed up to save the day when she helped Ivy kill Kai. Black women saving the world…as always.