I want to preface this with the fact that I watch The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad and Quentin Tarantino movies, not for the blood splatter factor, but for the human drama and how the blood splatter enhances or explains it. So I thought maybe I would enjoy American Horror Story. It definitely was intriguing in its first season opener. The human drama was there: a miscarriage, infidelity, rebellious teenage daughter, new beginnings with a move across country; a creepy, stylish haunted house with a mysterious history. Unexplained things begin to happen, add to that a nosy neighbor and her Down Syndrome adult daughter, a disfigured man dressed reminiscently of the 1940s, and a maid that appears different depending on the eye of the beholder. So many interesting elements and a story line that recalls old classic horror movies, like Frankenstein, Rosemary’s Baby and Amityville Horror. Then the murders and the violence start to pile up, right from episode one. I kept watching searching for a reason behind it all, but it never came. Maybe that is the message behind it all: that violence and murder have no reason or meaning, that it is a force that we all have inside us, dormant and seductive, and we decide if it is unleashed? Black Dahlia murder case and old Hollywood, deranged killers, suicide, crimes of passion. The list goes on and on. It became more and more negative in feeling and content with each episode, and what I thought was a homage to the theater of horror became derivative, hollowly vengeful and pointless. But I still kept watching and I knew that I shouldn’t have. Taboo or touchy subjects like abortion, gay relationships, and S&M enticed my sense of curiosity and so much sex. What is even more surprising is that this show is from the creators of Glee, but if you really think about it, what did Glee have in common with AHS? Sex, over the top drama, more sex, throw in gay relationships and a Down Syndrome character, and over the top singing. Replace over the top singing with violence and the comparison is clear. I felt cheap watching it and the references to classic horror stories and true events became a gimmick for this negative sex, vengeance, and violence vehicle. Maybe shame on me for wanting something meaningful from all the violence and sex, but aside from the meaning in the actions we take in response to all the violence and sex, there is no meaningful message we can take from it in itself. Newtown, Aurora, Norway killings, Virginia Tech, Columbine, Penn State, 9/11, Oklahoma City, Unabomber, Syria, Holocaust, Khmer Rouge, World Wars, slavery and so on. You would think violence is the norm. The meaningful action that I am taking in reaction to shows like American Horror Story is to not watch anymore and to stop feeding the violence that is a part of the genetic history of my species.