WASHINGTON, September 7, 2017 — “American Horror Story: Cult,” is the seventh season for the spooky FX franchise. But the latest incarnation intends for its audience to take it seriously, with the unintended result being a creepy parody on today’s hysterical, anti-Trump paranoia.
Ally Mayfair-Richards (Sarah Paulson) sits with stunned friends as cable news anchor Bret Baier makes his announcement,
“The Fox News decision desk has called Pennsylvania for Donald Trump. This means that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the United States… winning the most unreal, surreal election we have ever seen.”
That’s when her angry and stunned friend makes an announcement of his own,
“I hope every one of those voters who decided it was a good time to cast a protest vote is happy when that psycho gets us all killed.”
His wife tries to calm him, “Honey, don’t get so worked up.”
“Shut up, Maryland,” she yells back, “I told you to go vote, but you didn’t listen. Now look what happened. Look at our friends on the couch and tell them that they might not be able to maintain their rights as a married couple because you were too busy to go vote!”
Ally and Ivy (Alison Pill) are a married same-sex couple and well-to-do yuppie restaurateurs.
Frightened by all the weeping and gnashing of teeth, the couple’s young son says, “I don’t want you to not be married anymore.”
They attempt to calm and reassure him.
Then there is young Winter Anderson (Billie Lourd), a Hillary Clinton campaign worker. She sits in her bedroom watching the election results on her laptop.
“We gave a year of our lives to this,” Winter tells a friend and co-campaign worker on the phone. “I dropped out of Vassar. Why would they send us to Florida when we should have been in Wisconsin? What if I get pregnant now? Where will I get an abortion. God, what is wrong with CNN for not giving us a trigger warning before they announced the results. I don’t know what’s real anymore. She was supposed to win. Is this really happening. Oh my God.”
It’s clear both these hysterical individuals forget that none other than the U.S. Supreme Court ruled abortion and same-sex marriage “rights” buried deep within the penumbras and emanations of the United States Constitution, imposing their imaginative interpretations on the entire nation.
Not unlike the high court’s Dred Scott ruling, which said black Americans had “no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
That Supreme Court decision required a civil war, 620,000 American dead and a few constitutional amendments to overturn.
It’s highly unlikely the nation will go to war over abortion or same-sex marriage.
Getting back to Ally, during a session with her shrink, she expresses her deepest fears,
“Our housekeeper is gone. Did I mention that? The moment that man got elected, she stopped showing up, and we don’t know if she went back to Guatemala or was rounded up. It’s awful. I honestly don’t know how we get through the next four years, Dr. Vincent, I really don’t. My anxiety is just as intense now as it was on election night. I just keep reliving it over and over. And it’s triggered all the old phobias. And I thought I put that behind me years ago.
“The recurrence of the coulrophobia?” asks Dr. Vincent.
“Yes,” says Ally, “the clowns.”
Ah, yes, the clowns. Please send in the clowns. In particular, Twisty the Clown (John Carroll Lynch), the white-faced, bloody cut-up from “American Horror Story: Freak Show” of season four.
He’s on the prowl once again, stalking and killing picnicking couples in the throes of passion with his sharp sheep shears.
Whether conscious or unconscious, this season of “American Horror Story” is a parody of the coulrophobia-inducing Trump and his sheep-shearing effect on the domesticated flocks of the left; exposing their raw and silly phobias (Trump Derangement Syndrome) for all the world to see and enjoy.
“American Horror Story: Cult” is on the FX network Tuesday nights.