Ryan Murphy has donated medical supplies from his hit LGBT+ series Pose to a New York hospital to help fight COVID-19.
Murphy is the screenwriter, director, and producer behind hit shows including Glee, American Horror Story, Nip/Tuck, Scream Queens, Pose and 9-1-1.
He shared a picture on Instagram of some of the supplies, including elastic bandages.
They were props in the upcoming season of Pose. The TV series is about New York’s underground LGBT+ ballroom culture in the 1980s.
Warning – his explanation of how the props appeared in the series contains a small spoiler.
‘Let’s all keep giving how we can’
‘On my FX series Pose, one of our regular sets and locations is a hospital where in season three (spoiler) Blanca works as an AIDS/HIV counselor.
‘Today we donated all our prop supplies to Mount Sinai hospital to help nurses and doctors battling the COVID outbreak.
‘Let’s all keep giving when and where and how we can. More to come…’
His donation came as a surprise New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that local hospitals were on the verge of running out of supplies. The city is currently the center of the virus in the US and desperately needs masks and ventilators.
Pose has won awards and critical acclaim since it premiered on American TV channel FX in 2018. FX is due to broadcast the third series this year and the first series is now available on Netflix.
Last week, Murphy, television producer Shonda Rhimes and television writer Greg Berlanti donated tens of thousands of US dollars to a relief fund for industry assistants and support staff who have lost their jobs due to the pandemic.
TV and film makers around the US and the world have stopped production to help slow the spread of the virus. But many creative industry staff are freelancers or contractors who may not get government help or unemployment benefits.
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Author: Tris Reid-Smith