Lady Gaga is an iconic singer, fashionista, and an inspiration to a lot of young gay men. However, she isn’t an actress. At least her role in American Horror Story: Hotel isn’t doing anything to save the show. According to Headline Planet, the ratings have dropped sharply again for the third week.
“FX’s ‘American Horror Story: Hotel’ again suffered steep declines in adults 18-49 and total viewership. Wednesday’s episode, which was the third of the current season, posted a 1.67 adults 18-49 rating with 3.202 million total viewers.”
Headline Planet notes that the ratings are far behind those of last week’s broadcast and even further behind the series premiere, which was on October 7. So, what happened? IGN points to a possible problem with the show.
“Again though — to bang the same drum — the episode’s length prevented this chapter from being a concise work and led it down the same sprawling anything-goes path this season has been on.”
The responses on Twitter have been brutal.
Is it just me or is the acting in #AHSHotel really really bad.
— Victoria Koydl (@VICTORIAKOYDL) October 20, 2015
I fell asleep watching that last ep or AHS: Hotel and I don't care to finish it. What is up with this season? Its awful.
Perhaps one of the reasons the ratings are going down is that there has been an online campaign to boycott the show and its advertisers because of an alleged racist gay slave party Lady Gaga was pictured in a couple years ago. The pictures, which feature Lady Gaga holding two gay men dressed in blackface and wearing chains, have gone viral. Many on Twitter are very angry.
— sunragod (@sunragod) October 22, 2015
gaga is almost as white as me im talking about her blatant, racist brownface oh and her posing w ppl in blackface https://t.co/NRYd9IrCvf
— papá huevo (@sassymemes) October 19, 2015
Even though the pictures are offensive, the context is unknown. Was it really a gay slave party? Did Lady Gaga really hold a gay slave auction at a gay bar in Germany? The petition against Lady Gaga at Change.org reveals some harsh accusations.
“In 2011, Lady Gaga held a completely tasteless gay slave auction in Berlin…She took pictures with the ‘slaves’ and talked in a Southern accent the whole night. She had the photographer of the event fired.”
Several Lady Gaga fans have accused the petition of being nothing but a hatchet campaign against their beloved Mother Monster. Most of the mainstream media hasn’t paid attention to the Lady Gaga petition or the pictures, so it’s tough to say if this is what is leading to the ratings downfall. Perhaps the show’s co-creator, Ryan Murphy, hyped the show and Lady Gaga up a little too much.
“I have to say, she’s one of the great professional joys in my life. She has been such a team player, the cast and crew is obsessed with her. Her performance is amazing. She’s a great actress,” Murphy told Entertainment Tonight.
Murphy has gushed to several outlets about American Horror Story: Hotel as if the show is the second coming. Sometimes, overhyping something can lead to a backlash — something that is happening with American Horror Story: Hotel right now. Besides the ratings dropping, many are saying that the writing and acting have gone way downhill as well. Do you think it’s time that the plug is pulled on American Horror Story? Let us know in the comments section.
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