Kylie Jenner’s ‘Handmaid’s Tale’-Themed Party Faces Outcry For Being Insensitive
By Izza Sofia, 11 Jun 2019
Left image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com, right image via KriszElekPhotography / Shutterstock.com
Kylie Jenner threw a Handmaid’s Tale-themed party, but it has not garnered the same acclaim as Hulu’s popular dystopian series.
The reality star celebrated her friend Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaou’s birthday with the seemingly tone-deaf theme, taking to her Instagram stories to document the party. Aside from dressing in the iconic handmaid’s costumes, guests were served cocktails with names like ‘Praise Be Vodka’ and ‘Under His Eye Tequila’.
In addition, Jenner’s house was transformed to resemble ‘Gilead’, the fictional setting in Margaret Atwood’s novel and the television adaptation.
In a video, the socialite mentioned that The Handmaid’s Tale was her favorite show, and that attendees were asked to dress like the characters from the series.
However, many social media users pointed out that Jenner misunderstood the main point of Atwood’s story, which explored the oppression of females.
One Twitter user asked, “She does realize it’s about rape and oppression, right?” Another user branded the whole choice as “disturbing” and “insulting,” as the handmaid’s outfit has become a “symbol of protest” against stringent laws that deter women’s reproductive rights in the country.
It’s 2019 and Kylie Jenner is hosting a “Handmaid’s Tale” themed birthday party...SIS... pic.twitter.com/hNUTDDyTp4— cayley (@cayley_plotkin) June 9, 2019
But why is Kylie Jenner having a handmaids tale party... she does realize it’s about rape & oppression... right?— christina (@tinatheweina) June 9, 2019
I’m legitimately DISTURBED that Kylie Jenner threw a Handmaids Tale themed party for her friend. Do they realise the show is about female oppression and rape???? Jesus Christ.— Shona Ellen (@EllieJayden) June 9, 2019
Uhhhhhhh Kylie Jenner hosting a Handmaids Tale themed party when the rest of us are literally living in a women hating theocracy government feels uhhhhh tone deaf as fuck? pic.twitter.com/JN2s0HFfao— Katie (@KatiePetZim) June 9, 2019
Women like @KylieJenner will never lose bodily autonomy & access to abortion care. Restricting legal #abortion access & using religion to subjugate #Women & #LGBTQ folks is all about keeping the rich & powerful rich & powerful. @MargaretAtwood's #HandmaidsTale isn't a joke.— Jess Phoenix 🌋🏳️🌈🤠 (@jessphoenix2018) June 10, 2019
I honestly believe Kylie Jenner did NOT understand The Handmaids Tale if she’s throwing a themed party about it.— Boss (@Thebossthehoss) June 9, 2019
Kylie Jenner is having a party themed after the Handmaid’s Tale.....so.....who’s gonna tell her that her party is literally celebrating female enslavement for their biological reproduction??— mirandaaithi (@mirandaaithi) June 9, 2019
WHO IS GOING TO TELL HER
[via Independent, opening image via Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com, KriszElekPhotography / Shutterstock.com]
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