Greetings fellow Americans! It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything on here. So I’m here to review the first episode of AHS: Cult. I enjoyed last season immensely especially after the hum-drum Hotel season. However, this looks to be a crazy and wonderful season. Straight from the beginning, Ryan Murphy hits hard with the extremes of both sides of the political spectrum and how they reacted in regards to Trumps ascendancy to the Presidency. You see two Left leaning folks freak out. Ally (Sarah Paulson) breaks down as the news of the Trump win with a string expletives that I’m sure resounded within many election watchers. And also within the same scene, we see a Hillary supporter start bashing Jill Stein supporters. I’ve experienced this just recently, so the wounds are still fresh with Hillary supporters. The other Left leaning person is Winter (Billie Lourd) as she is watching the horror of the Trump win unfold, she comments on “What was wrong with CNN for not giving us a trigger warning before they announced the results?”. Finally we have alt-Right crazyman Kai (Evan Peters) having a figurative orgasm over the Trump win. In my humble opinion, these are great caricatures of the divisive environment our country is embroiled in and I think a dramatic look at these issues needs to occur. I commend Ryan Murphy for this season.
Now certain articles such as Rolling Stones article complains about the cartoon quality of the characters of this season. I think the cartoonish quality is quite on par with how the two extremes are these days. Both the Left and the Right have become circus clowns on a murderous spree against opposing ideas and free speech. Look at the recent spate of White Supremacists and ANTIFA clashes. These are the clowns that want to destroy freedom for the sake of their own agenda. These are the clowns parading as human beings when they are acting like the stereotype that is imposed upon them. So to have the characters in AHS: Cult as not human beings, but cartoons is not too far from the truth. I’m sure both sides will hate this season as it progresses because it provides a mirror onto their antics and their extremism, but seriously America needs this and they need it bad because our extremism is becoming our downfall. Our extremism is destroying the United States from within and if we don’t take a long, painful look at ourselves we’re going to become the next Nazi Germany/ Soviet Russia or worse Khmer Rouge Cambodia. You can’t simply act out on your extremist views without having someone provide your ugly reflection back into your face.
Rolling Stone ends their article with this, “The country is sick, yes, but not in the way Trump – or Cult – seems to believe it is.” It’s not simply a belief, but an observation made by those who aren’t entirely extreme. Extremists are the minority in this country, but they are receiving the most views on social media, in the news and everywhere else. Those of us who don’t abide by any specific political ideology, those of us in the center, and those of us who are simply apathetic aren’t represented proportionally. AHS: Cult is that representation of the views of those who aren’t extreme. It’s what we see on the news and on social media. So, if you’re offended by how AHS: Cult portrays your side of the aisle, ask Ryan Murphy to provide trigger warnings prior to each episode.
For a long time, I’ve always considered myself a very optimistic person, giving those selected to the position of the American Presidency the chance to prove themselves as a competent leader. For the first 100 days of Trump I did just that. “Nah, he’s not that radical, he’s a real estate mogul wanting to play leader. He won’t do anything.” Well, how wrong I was proven sure struck down my optimism with
healthy dose of the reality pill.
From the gutting of the EPA and the regulations against pollution to allowing basically any state wishing to make a hefty profit to mine resources off of what was Federally protected lands to the recent push through of the American Healthcare Act yesterday through the House of Representatives. This is by far a recipe for disaster. Not only does it further divide our country along political lines, but it also makes look weak. “Weak?! You’re kidding me, right?” No, I’m not. It’s true along the same reasons why Obama helped destabilize our country into an awkward morass of divisions. This whole Us vs. US thing that politicians do to the average American is simply a play for power. If the people are consistently divided, then politicians can do whatever they want.
So when you have riot on a certain campus ( looking at you Berkley), you feed the antagonism of the political elite (which includes Trump, Pence, Clinton and yes Bernie Sanders). This is what they want! They want us to fight as they sit in their cozy homes watching the plebians fight among themselves. To them, our fighting each other is akin to Americans obsession with reality shows. However, all of this faux rage is just that, it’s fake because if it were genuine it would last longer and actually provide a platform of change. Instead, it divides further and makes the rift between all Americans bigger than the rift in the huge ice shelf about to break off Antarctica. I will state that there are some well-meaning folks in both camps that want to see this country in a better state, but the radicals appropriate the message of peace and unity into an antithetical statement of violence, hatred and fascistic tendencies. Both the Left and the Right are to blame for this. They are both increasingly shifting to fascism. Red fascism (communism) is no different than Right Wing fascism (Alt-Right). It all leads to violence and hate.