American Horror Story Ads Are Freaking People Out

American Horror Story Already creeping people out

American Horror Story: Cult Source: FX
American Horror Story: Cult Source: FX

There is no doubt that FX’s hit series American Horror Story can get very, very creepy.

In fact, ads for the new season are getting some eye-popping reactions from those who suffer from a condition known as “Trypopobia.”

Via Daily Mail:

Many people have never heard of trypophobia — but the makers of the show American Horror Story certainly have.

The phobia, which is not an official diagnosis from the American Psychiatric Association, is an intense revulsion at the sight of holes in an irregular pattern, and AHS seems keen to freak out anyone who has it with its new ad campaign.

Or at least, that’s what trypophobia sufferers think. Several have taken to Twitter recently to rage against the show for triggering their phobia, calling AHS: Cult’s new promos ‘disgusting and irresponsible’.

Freaky: Ads for the new season of American Horror Story: Cult feature hole imagery

Freaky: Ads for the new season of American Horror Story: Cult feature hole imagery

Yikes: Several of the print ads and commercials show women with holes in their bodies

Yikes: Several of the print ads and commercials show women with holes in their bodies

Just, ew: People with trypophobia, an intense revulsion to patterns of holes, are sharing their disgust

Just, ew: People with trypophobia, an intense revulsion to patterns of holes, are sharing their disgust

Still learning: Trypophobia is not yet recognized by the American Psychiatric Association but has been the subject of scientific studies

Still learning: Trypophobia is not yet recognized by the American Psychiatric Association but has been the subject of scientific studies

Doctors and scientists are still studying trypophobia, and it has not yet been added to the DSM (the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual).

However, those who say they have it feel anxiety and intense feelings of revulsion at the sight of holes or bumps that are laid out in an irregular pattern.

Unfortunately for them, nearly all of the promotional artwork for season seven — called American Horror Story: Cult — features hole patterns.

In a poster released last month, a blue-haired woman is facing the camera with her eyes closed and her mouth open. Her tongue, which is sticking out and pointing upward, is dotted with tiny holes that puncture all the way through.

If you haven’t checked it out yet, we highly recommend that you do so. You can catch it starting with Season One on Netflix.

American Horror Story: Cult premieres Tuesday, Sept. 5 at 10/9c on FX.

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