Many liberals expressed their outrage and disbelief after celebrity Kylie Jenner posted video of a birthday party themed after an online show that is widely seen as anti-conservative.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” has been cited by many on the left as a way of criticizing pro-life and other social policies.
They were just as critical of Jenner for her party that featured many items patterned after the show, including a costume that many liberals used at anti-Trump protests.
“I f**king hate Kylie Jenner,” responded writer Ally Maynard. “She turned her mansion into Gilead from The Handmaid’s Tale for her daughter’s first birthday. She thinks it’s funny. I want to scream. Eat the rich.”
Activist Jess Phoenix accused Jenner of making the show into a joke.
“This is offensive when people are suffering every day without full access to reproductive care,” Phoenix added in a second tweet. “Countless people are harmed by societal tendencies like those in the Handmaid’s Tale. Jenner & friends are using insane privilege to dip their toes into the waters of oppression.”
Buzzfeed also criticized Jenner for her “strange” party theme choice.
The theme seemed a strange choice given that the show—which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel of the same name—depicts a dystopian society in which women are stripped of all rights, selected for their fertility and routinely raped, before being forced into childbirth.
“Can someone please reassure me that ‘Kylie Jenner’s Handmaid’s Tale–Themed Party’ is a phrase I hallucinated on this festering grease trap of a hellsite,” responded feminist writer Andi Zeisler.
Others defended Jenner by pointing out that she had previously come out against pro-life legislation.
Here’s a news video of the party scandal:
Kylie Jenner and Sofia Richie Slammed After Dressing Up in Handmaid’s Tale Costumes