TV Premieres: “American Horror Story: Cult”

Nina Stefanelli, Contributing Writer

Even though the season premiere of “American Horror Story: Cult” was filled with gruesome clowns, over-the-top creepiness and political satire, the thing that struck me the most was the mental health issues that flooded the episode. They targeted anxiety, depression, and agoraphobia all mental health issues the main character, Ally Mayfair-Richards, suffers from.
I felt that “AHS: Cult” did an amazing job of exposing the mental state, torture, pain and the suffering people with these issues go through. It was beautiful yet sad and scary to watch Ally go through her mental state of torture and only to be made worse by Evan Peters’ character.
Although the mental health awareness in this episode struck me the most, the political satire, although amazing, was very risky for “AHS” to put into their show. With so many shows getting negativity and backlash from their Trump jokes, I give credit to the show for taking the risk.
The season premiere episode, as horrifying as it was, had a beauty of truth about something that is rare in most TV shows.
The season is off to a great start and I can’t wait for the next episode.