Have these people actually read The Handmaid’s Tale? Or watched the television show? There’s so much here that we don’t understand.
You know The Handmaid’s Tale, right?
Grim dystopian story of a patriarchal society that has stripped away the rights of women and reduced them to nothing more than sentient wombs. Ringing any bells? You know, bestselling Margaret Atwood novel and award-winning television series starring Elisabeth Moss that provides a chilling and unsettling into a future that is all too possible and based on real events.
Sounds exactly the kind of thing you would want to use as a theme for a party, doesn’t it? Like, say, a birthday celebration. Or a Halloween party. How about a wedding? Or even a pregnancy photoshoot, in which the woman is dressed in the signature red of a Handmaid while the man plays the role of commander. Sounds really fitting, doesn’t it? Because there’s nothing you want to be reminded of more when celebrating your unborn child than systemic rape and forced impregnation. Super cheery.
To the people, like Kylie Jenner, who insist on throwing The Handmaid’s Tale parties and even The Handmaid’s Tale weddings, we only have one question: have you read the book? Have you watched even a single episode of the television show? Because we’re not certain that you have. Because if you had read the book or watched an episode of the television show we don’t think you’d spend a single second planning a themed party in which everyone cavorts about in a blood red Handmaid’s robe.
In a new interview with New York magazine, Atwood responded to Jenner’s party. “I had to look up who Kylie Jenner was, I’m so old,” Atwood said. “My readers deal with those things. They notice them before I do. I expect that Kylie Jenner heard from some of them along the lines of ‘We appreciate the thought, but you kind of missed it.’ There were some themed tequila.”
Atwood continued: “People often do this in a very well-meaning way; they’re not trying to be unpleasant. It has been the occasion when I’ve been speaking somewhere and I will be greeted with Handmaid’s Tale cupcakes because the person doing the catering is such a fan. Will I turn up my nose at such cupcakes? No, I will not. I will not do that.”
Here is every single terrifying time someone threw a completely out-of-place The Handmaid’s Tale themed event:
When a couple announced their pregnancy by posing for a Handmaid’s Tale themed photo shoot
This The Handmaid’s Tale wedding
Kylie Jenner’s The Handmaid’s Tale party
This “sexy” The Handmaid’s Tale costume
Images: The Handmaid’s Tale/Hulu