In what might be a more empathic move than the government’s been making, American Horror Story creator Ryan Murphy decided to re-edit an upcoming episode dealing with a mass shooting out of respect for the victims and survivors of the Las Vegas shooting.
According to a report, Murphy announced the decision at the New Yorker Festival because he felt it would be insensitive to the victims of the Oct. 1 attack.
The episode was originally going to feature a very graphic mass shooting perpetrated by Evan Peters’ character, a fanatic Donald Trump supporter in the AHS: Cult world which takes place after the 2016 presidential elections.
Murphy said that although the episode was filmed in September, concerns reached him regarding the episode.
“Ofcourse it was graphic. The whole point of the piece was to be an obvious anti-gun warning about society,” said Murphy.
The episode will have most of the violence off camera, he added.
The Hollywood Reporter in an interview with Murphy bared that the AHS creator felt that while he had all the right to air the episode as it was, he came upon the decision to re-edit out of sensitivity of the recent events and out of respect for everyone affected.
“My point of view was I believe I have the right to air it, but I also believe in victim’s 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,” he said.
Murphy added that re-editing the episode before it airs this week was “the right move.”
The attack on more than 2,000 attendees to a music festival by gunman Stephen Paddock left nearly 50 dead and about 2,000 people injured.