Fact Check: Lady Gaga Did NOT Drink Blood With Children On American Horror Story Episodes

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  • by: Gita Smith
Fact Check: Lady Gaga Did NOT Drink Blood With Children On American Horror Story Episodes No Blood

Did Lady Gaga drink blood with children in a satanic ritual to make the TV series "American Horror Story," season 5? No, she did not. What took place, in reality, was four actors pretended to drink blood in a fictional setting. They drank red, syrupy sugar water, and took directions to create a scary illusion. It was acting based on a script she did not write.

The claim appeared in a post (archived here) where it was published by Illuminati Exposed on Facebook on June 7, 2020. It opened:

Lady Gaga with blood on her mouth and her chest seated next to three beautiful children drinking blood from bottles. They call it art. We call it satanic child abuse.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Mon Jun 8 19:30:46 2020 UTC)

The children in the photo are actors being paid to share a set with Gaga and take direction from Ryan Murphy, creator of "American Horror Story." Gaga didn't write the script, the plot or the stage directions for AHS Season 5: Hotel. Parents of minors are required to be on the set. It's the law.

Seth Peterson, father of one of Gaga's on-set "children," proudly tweeted this in response to the photo that Gaga tweeted: "So this is the project my son Lennon is working on. That's him on the left."

Show creator Murphy is the one who came up with the character of The Countess. His vision for Season 5 of AHS was to go darker and bloodier, he told Entertainment Weekly. Even so, no one is drinking real blood. The red stains on Gaga's chest and lips - as well as the red liquid in the children's glasses -- also are not blood. The children in the photo are shown appearing to drink from their containers of fake blood -- and the young actors might not even be pulling anything up into their mouths. If they are, pomegranate juice or Kool-Aid are two of the likely red beverages.

Reader's Digest's website, rd.com, published an article titled "Here's What the Fake Blood You See in Movies Is Really Made Of" to help readers "step up your Halloween costume game":

A mixture called "Kensington Gore" set the standard for red-colored fake blood with its use of sugary syrup and food dye. Horror classics like Evil Dead and Carrie used a recipe that can be made at home. Corn syrup, non-dairy creamer, and food coloring are the only ingredients needed. Celebrated makeup artist Dick Smith put a twist on the corn syrup recipe with a preservative called methylparaben. This mixture added the ick factor to the film The Exorcist. The basic corn syrup-based recipe has stood the test of time and still features in films to this day.

Buckets of fake blood are used in every episode of the TV series, which can be murder on the fabulous costumes.

Gaga and the rest of the cast are clear on this point: Television fiction is not the same as enacting satanic rituals or exposing children to bad influences. Gaga tweeted a collection of playful photos of herself and cast members on Aug. 30, 2015, when the season was being shot.

She shows off the fake blood (lipstick and other goop) and strikes poses designed to look glam-ghoulish. Neither world-renowned photographer Michael Avedon who shot the series, nor she and the children are taking the moments seriously.

Conspiracists have cooked up other stories about Lady Gaga, namely that she drank blood from a body laid out at a party. Lead Stories debunked that false rumor about Gaga and blood consumption. The rumor stemmed from a photo of her with Serbian performance artist Marina Abramovic, claiming to show them drinking blood from a dead body. It was performance art, designed to interact with art objects. The photo was reposted on Facebook on Feb. 12, 2020, titled Spirit Dinner.

  Gita Smith

Gita Smith covered news for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the Montgomery Advertiser, and she wrote/edited medical newsletters for American Health Consultants at the dawn of the AIDS epidemic when clear, factual information was as needed. 

For a time, she taught in Auburn University’s journalism department and ran the History-Geography lab at Alabama State University, where she taught students to write research papers . She believes the following to be true: The power of the free press may appear to be a weak reed to lean on, but it separates democracies from juntas.

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