Since Donald Trump was elected president, it seems that this country is spiraling out of control. Trump's recent decision to end DACA is another example of what Trump's America really stands for and who isn't in his vision while "making America great again".
We all remember the night Trump got elected, and the emotions we felt after his presidency was announced. Many had a sense of lost hope and fear of what was about to come. It almost felt like a horror movie.
Ironically, the creative geniuses at American Horror Story captured that fear and all the emotions we faced during election night with their new season, which premiered on the night of September 5th.
Using real footage from election night, American Horror Story: Cult takes on politics going into the seventh season. Fan favorite Sarah Paulson is back as a woman in a same-sex marriage, who in the first episode has a hard time dealing with Trump is the new president. While she and others are dealing with the potential of what Trump's America may become, Evan Peters portrays the extreme opposite Trump-Era hysteria, as his character is excited about Trump getting elected and goes on a crime spree, with his girlfriend (portrayed by former Scream Queen star Billie Lourd).
This season gives viewers a psychological thrill as they use real-life issues to create horrific and intense scenes. An obvious representation was the use of clowns as the villains. A fear of clowns is one of the top fears to have, but the clowns also have a connection with the past trends of people dressing up as clowns to scare people in the street. This could a representation of the fear most people have of Trump and his supporters. "Fake news" is also the obvious subject when Peter’s character throws a condom, filled with urine, at a group of Mexican workers and the workers attack Peter’s character. Someone working with the character records the fight making it look at though Peter’s character is the victim.
White feminism may be covered in this series, as Billie Lourd's character, Winter Anderson, displays white privilege and the protection of white women. Winter shows blatant signs of a hidden agenda but the red flags are ignored since Ally and her wife, Ivy, connect with Winter and their political views. White feminism is also tested in the names of the characters themselves; Ally (pronounced AL-lee) is coincidentally named Ally since her character is dealing with the complexity of being a white ally. Her complexity leads her to confusion and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, which is why she is seeing clowns everywhere she goes when her partner, or anyone else, doesn't see it. Her confusion and white feminism are shown when she's reluctant to believe her son saw the clowns at a neighbor's house (who is later killed) believes Winter when she says her son might be using his imagination.
The neighbors who were killed at the end of the episode also have a significance in this episode. The couple is Asian, and at the beginning of the episode, the husband is mad at his wife for not voting. The husband believes if his wife had voted "this wouldn't have happened". This is a reflection of scare tactics people of color used to get people to vote as we drew closer to Election Day. The show also throws a jab at Jill Stein voters and the absence of mentioning Bernie Sanders is a reflection of the society ignoring those who are progressive and the people of color who are looking for a change.
Some much has come from the first episode, and I'm certain more political and social connections will come through out the season. American Horror Story: Cult mirrors the real life nightmare Americans are facing as this country is being led those who want power instead of peace.
American Horror Story: Cult comes on every Tuesday on FX. Check your local listings for times.