American Horror Story: Hotel is making waves, as the long-running horror anthology does every season, but this time executive producer and showrunner Ryan Murphy may have pushed the envelope just a bit too far. American Horror Story: Hotel has drawn the attention of the watchdog group, The Parents Television Council, which has publicly scorned the series for “unbelievably explicit combination of sex and violence” for AHS: Hotel‘s depiction of violent sexual acts, including orgies and vampirism.
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While The Parents Television Council is certainly making their feelings known, they seem to be deliberately avoiding direct confrontations with the FX network and with American Horror Story showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Instead, the group is focusing its attack on two separate fronts.
First, the group has gone after advertisers that buy airtime during the run of American Horror Story: Hotel, urging responsible companies to find other ways to invest their advertising dollars. The group deliberately singled out Subway, possibly trying to build on the company’s past advertising troubles.
Second on the group’s agenda was to direct their attention to the American Horror Story fanbase and, in a broader sense, at all cable subscribers in general, hoping to raise public outcry over AHS: Hotel‘s explicit content, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
“This is the most vile and shocking content I’ve ever seen on TV. Ever,” Tim Winter, president of The Parents Television Council, wrote, as he called upon cable subscribers for an advertiser boycott of the series. “Most Americans have no idea this is primetime fare on advertiser-supported basic cable. And everyone is paying for it as part of their program bundle.”
While there is certainly a segment of the population not interested in the carnal carnage offered in American Horror Story: Hotel (and those people are free not to watch it), millions of fans have been waiting for the return of American Horror Story specifically for the horror of it. Hence, the title. To expect fans to boycott American Horror Story: Hotel for giving them just what they have been waiting for is merely an exercise in futility.
The Parents Television Council Targets Another Ryan Murphy Creation
American Horror Story: Hotel wasn’t the only Ryan Murphy series to draw the watchdog group’s ire. While the group was listing off their complaints, they also cited Scream Queens, though that series has yet to reveal content anymore explicit than the standard network fare offered up in dozens of crime dramas and horror genre series.
Scream Queens was targeted by the group for its TV14 rating, stating that the series was hardly appropriate for teens 14-years-old and up. The group found further reasons to attack Scream Queens, due to its time slot, which has the Ryan Murphy series airing as early as 7:00 p.m. in some time zones.
“In spite of this, the program features graphic decapitations and discussions of necrophilia in the family hour … all sponsored by McDonalds,” The Parents Television Council stated, according to Design & Trend.
Ryan Murphy provides desired content with both American Horror Story and Scream Queens in spite of The Parents Television Council’s complaints and it’s unlikely that the group is going to accomplish anything, other than drawing that much more attention to the horror musings of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. Perhaps Murphy and Falchuk should send The Parents Television Council a thank you card?
The next episode of American Horror Story: Hotel airs on Wednesday, October 21, on FX.
The next episode of Scream Queens airs on Tuesday, October 20, on FOX.
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