The character who was misrepresented, according to AHS fans
Of all the real crime-inspired characters on “American Horror Story,” Richard Ramirez (Zach Villa) has rubbed many fans the wrong way. The charismatic “1984” version of the convicted serial killer, rapist, and burglar was less gritty than the one that briefly appeared in “Hotel.”
Top comments under the Reddit thread highlighted how attractive the Night Stalker was, with u / heretickitty666 write that the actor “didn’t look so good” given the brutality of his counterpart in real life. Another user responded by pointing out that Ramirez had notoriously bad teeth while, on the show, “Zac was showing off his perfect pearly whites all over.”
Others have said that while Villa’s performance was excellent, they wished her character had been written differently. “(Producer) Ryan Murphy has a crass habit of romanticizing topics that shouldn’t be,” wrote u / Ahouse04, citing Tate Langdon and Richard Ramirez as examples.
“I hate the excessive inclusion of real real crime in ahs and I don’t think it has ever been included in a way that has not been tasteless and disrespectful,” said you / leesro. Another user, u / Stiricidium, concluded her controversial opinion piece with: “And I think I’ve had enough sexualized serial killers for a lifetime.”