Why the Take on Old Hollywood Sexism and Ageism in 'Feud' Feels More Relevant Than Ever

"Since the election, though, the show feels much more sobering and heartbreaking and actually necessary," says Ryan Murphy.
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"Since the election, though, the show feels much more sobering and heartbreaking and actually necessary," says Ryan Murphy.

Ryan Murphy's new FX series

Feud: Bette and Joan 

delves deeper behind the headline-making animosity between Hollywood legends Bette Davis and Joan Crawford to show systematic issues of sexism and ageism--issues that still feel relevant today.

"When we were writing the scripts, we felt like Hillary was going to win,” Murphy tells

Vanity Fair

. “It was like, ‘Isn’t this amazing? Look how far we’ve come. We have a woman running the country. Maybe we don’t have to worry about a glass ceiling anymore. Maybe we’re not going to have to worry about ageism and white men in power controlling everything and unfair wages for women.' 

Since

the election

, though, the show feels much more sobering and heartbreaking and actually necessary. It really shines a spotlight on all these issues that we thought were going away, but are actually are not.

“I hope this show can be a jumping-off point for people to see what these two legendary women had to go through to survive in a way that their male counterparts—like Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Clark Gable—never had to," he continues. "I hoped that everything shown in these scenes set in 1962 would feel like a period piece, and sadly, now, these scenes do not.”

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