Emma Roberts’ American horror story (AHS) called out transphobia on the set of their hit show in a video that resurfaced after Angelica Ross accused her of making a transphobic comment.
On Tuesday, footage shared on social media showed Ross, who is transgender, speaking in an undated Instagram Live about his experiences with Roberts on the set of the 2019 season titled American Horror Story: 1984.
Laid star Ross, who did it AHS debut in 1984, said in the clip that his relationship with Roberts deteriorated when an otherwise playful moment led to an alleged transphobic remark. On Wednesday, Ross said on X, formerly Twitter, that Roberts had called her to apologize.
News week contacted representatives for Roberts, Ross and FX via email for comment.
As the allegations continued to be debated online, one social media user shared a video clip from 2019 which showed Ross with her AHS co-stars after watching the first episode of 1984 together. The music video featured Cody Fern, Billie Lourd and Gus Kenworthy. Roberts was not seen in the footage.
In the clip, Ross asked his co-stars what they thought of the episode, prompting Lourd to respond, “We watched it as a family, and I thought it was so beautiful and serious to our part.”
After she and her co-stars commented on parts of the show they found particularly entertaining, Ross, who was operating the camera, said, “We just want to say hello to all the LGBTQ fans. Hi GLAAD (Gay Alliance and lesbian against defamation). We absolutely love you, we’re monitoring all the transphobia on set.”
“Always,” Lourd interjected, as Ross continued, “Billie and I were like, ‘That’s transphobia!'”
“We’ll come for you,” Lourd warned, wagging his finger playfully. “In the nicest way.”
The clip, which has been viewed more than 550,000 times, was posted online on Wednesday, the same day as the new anthology series. Delicate the season has started.
In his Instagram Live, Ross recounted an alleged exchange with Roberts on the AHS together. “I’m standing in front of Emma, talking to her like this, and she’s in front of me with her back to the mirror,” she said. “She says, ‘John, Angelica is mean.'”
The “John” in question has not been specified, although two episodes of the season in which they both starred were directed by John J. Gray.
“I know she’s not real,” Ross said. “She’s just messing up. And John says, ‘OK, ladies, that’s enough. Let’s get back to work.’ And then she looks at me and says, ‘You don’t mean ma’am?’ And she turns around like this and covers her mouth (with her shirt).”
Once Roberts turned away, she apparently couldn’t “see that I was looking dead into the camera, like, ‘What did you just say?’ Ross said. “And I’m here, looking at her dead in the damn thing, and I’m trying to figure out (what) the shit she just said.”
“I’m here, she walked away. My blood is boiling. Because I tell myself that if I say something, it will be me who will be the problem. And I know that because there is someone who talked about what she was.” They did it and there were repercussions for it. Not her, they did it,” Ross said.
“So when I saw that happen, I was like, ‘I’m done,'” Ross continued. “I didn’t talk to that bitch for the whole time after that. So we had scenes together and I never talked to her. She told me she could feel the energy coming off me. She said to me, “Are you okay?” You didn’t speak. I’m like, ‘Mmmhmm.’
“Because don’t fucking play me. You played mind games with everyone on set and everyone was waiting for the moment you got me.”
On Wednesday, Ross said in a post on X that Roberts called her to apologize.
Tagging his co-star’s account, Ross wrote: “Thank you @RobertsEmma for calling and apologizing, recognizing that your behavior was not that of an ally. I will leave the line open to follow up to your desire to do better and support social justice causes with your platform.”
While Roberts and Ross appeared side by side in 1984only Ross was part of the cast for Dual functionalitythe season immediately following in 2021. Neither appeared in last year’s new York. Roberts is the only one of the two to appear in Delicatemarking its sixth season of American horror story.
Created by Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, American horror story has been a fan favorite since first hitting screens with Murder House in 2011. Over the years, the ensemble cast has featured a host of well-known names, including Evan Peters, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Lady Gaga, Connie Britton, Macaulay Culkin and Frances Conroy.
Kim Kardashian and model Cara Delevingne are among those making their franchise debuts in Delicatewhich is based on the book Delicate condition by Danielle Valentine. This is the first time Murphy has based a season on a novel, although previous series have used many real-world inspirations, from the murder of The Black Dahlia to serial killer John Wayne Gacy and the “Vampire Countess of Hungary “Elizabeth Bathory.