"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. So our decision was to re-edit it and I felt that that was the right move"
Ryan Murphy explained his decision, during a recent New Yorker festival (via The Hollywood Reporter), to shift most of the violence in the sequence off-screen, rather than show it all during the episode set to air this week. The episode had been originally filmed last month, and the editing had already been done, but Murphy clearly felt that he had a responsibility to go back and make changes following the events of one week ago.
Apparently, the violence of the scene was quite graphic originally, an intentional decision by Ryan Murphy at the time, in part specifically to show the horrors of gun violence. However, ultimately he decided that this wasn't the time for such a display.
This is, unfortunately, not the first time that decisions like this have had to be made regarding television shows. In the past, we've seen shows get delayed because they were going to air too close to similar events and it was felt that it would be better to wait. The same choice could have been made here, but it seems that American Horror Story 's creator is trying to balance his own rights as a creator with those of his audience.
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