‘Handmaid’s Tale’-Themed Wedding Sparks Outrage With ‘Offensive’ Photo
By Yimin Huang, 04 Oct 2019
A wedding photo inspired by Margaret Atwood’s 1985 The Handmaid’s Tale novel has sparked controversy online.
The image shows people dressed as handmaids from the Hulu TV adaptation of the same tale, with the bride and groom kissing in the middle of the “hanging wall”.
The “hanging wall” is a reference to the location in the book where people who defied the laws in the fictional world of Gilead were executed. It was later revealed by photographers Van Daele & Russell, Shawn Van Daele and Clint Russell that the “handmaids” were photoshopped into the picture.
The original Facebook and Instagram posts of the wedding photograph have since been removed after many social media users criticized the image. The photography team explained to Insider that the picture was meant to be a “social commentary” and a “call to action” against “oppression and hatred,” but all they got was hateful comments attacking their “art”.
They also explained that the couple were fans of the show and wanted to pay homage.
As the handmaids represented the women who were raped by married men whose wives were infertile, the photography team branded their image as taking “a stand” against inequality.
However, Twitter users were not convinced as many found it “tone-deaf.” One Twitter user questioned the couple’s intention for using the heavy theme during a wedding. Another reacted more condescendingly, saying straight people “are not okay.” Some just responded with many question marks.
Though Van Daele & Russell deleted the posts, they released a full statement denouncing the outrage culture and called the critics “keyboard warriors.” You can read their full statement here.
??????????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/zZNzohXZXb— Thackery Binx (@The_SummerMan) October 3, 2019
Not art. (the image, not the tweet)— Art Or Not Art (@ArtDecider) October 3, 2019
“They’re fans of the show.”— Just call me Shelly (@ellisromance) October 3, 2019
Umm, did they watch it with the sound off because WTH would you want a Handmaids Tale theme... for a wedding??? https://t.co/4GUBvNWH5h
The straights are not okay pic.twitter.com/jm7Ody6yY4— Caitlin Van Horror ⚰️ (@HelloCVH) October 3, 2019
[via Insider, cover image via Vic Hinterlang / Shutterstock.com]
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