Recently, American Horror Story: Asylum has given me the same queasy feeling that I had watching the Republicans during the 2012 campaign. Both times, I was horrified by this unhealthy fascination with rape.
I cannot even begin to remember who has been raped, who has raped, who nearly got raped, or who tried unsuccessfully to rape on Asylum. We’ve had everything from a lesbian being raped by a serial killer to a Santa serial killer being gang raped by a group of carolers Fortunately, we only had to HEAR about the gang raping carolers. I suppose that alien anal probes are rape, and we’ve had that, too.
Here is a totally fictional American Horror Story: Asylum story meeting that I made up totally in my head…
Writer: The Nazi doctor orders her into his operating theatre and…
Producer: Rapes her.
Writer: Um…rapes her? Well, that’s one idea, certainly, but I thought maybe…
Producer: (Licks lips, whispers) He rapes her.
Writer: Well, she got raped last week, so I thought that maybe this week the doctor could strap her to his table and…
Other Producer: Rape her.
Writer: Look, the whole rape thing is certainly interesting, but we are doing an awful lot of it on the show. I thought that this week, the new monsignor could come in right as the doctor takes out a vial of acid and…
First Producer: The monsignor rapes the Nazi doctor!
Other Producer: YES! He could rape the Nazi doctor with his crucifix!
Writer: NO! That isn’t what I was thinking AT ALL!
Director: Then what were you thinking?
Writer: I was thinking that the doctor is startled and throws the acid on the monsignor…
Producer: And then the monsignor rapes him.
Other Producer: With his crucifix.
Writer: I’m not writing another rape scene.
Producer: Then you aren’t working for us.
Director: Wait a sec, guys. She maybe has a point. Maybe there are things in horror other than rape.
Other Producer: Attempted rape?
Producer: No, no. We did that last week.
Writer: Look, when everybody gets raped, these rapes stop having any impact.
Other Producer: Everybody likes the rapes. The actors will be pissed if we stop the rapes.
Director: Jessica is having two written into her contract.
Writer: Okay, okay, the monsignor rapes the Nazi doctor with his crucifix.