Kylie Jenner has faced a backlash from fans after she held a party themed around popular TV show – A Handsmaid’s Tale.
Jenner threw the party for her friend, Anastasia Karanikolaou. However, all the female guests were sporting the red robes and white bonnets synonymous with the show.
Watch her Instagram story here…
The show is based on a dystopian book by Margaret Atwood, where women are held as slaves. The city (formerly known as the United States) is called Gilead and is now ruled by a fundamentalist regime that treats women as property of the state. The world is faced with environmental disasters and a plummeting birth rate. So in a desperate attempt to repopulate a devastated world, the few remaining fertile women are forced into sexual servitude.
The problem a lot of her fans have with the party is that they feel that it is ‘celebrating misogyny’.
As you can see in the video of the party, women were seen greeting each other with phrases from the show, including: “Praise Be,” and “Under his eye.”
Fans took to Twitter to criticise the social media star.
Who wants to be the one to explain Handmaids tale to Kylie Jenner— Shanzé (@ShanzeOmair) 9 June 2019
I’m screaming!!! How and why did Kylie Jenner have a handmaids tale party and manage to hypersexualize the freaking red robes —THIS IS THE OPPOSITE OF WHAT MARGARET ATWOOD WANTED— g (@gilltraino) 9 June 2019
Atwood: creates Handmaids Tale to fight oppression, give women a voice, to change policies & show world the atrocity that women have gone through— Coconut Brown Girl (@Coconut62079951) 10 June 2019
Kylie Jenner: omg this is SOOO cute, Handmaids tale is my FAV show, new palette coming out called OPPRESSION
MA: *facepalms* pic.twitter.com/74MKpBM3Dg
Another fan added: “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 f*ck?”
Kylie Jenner threw a 'handmaids tale' themed party because she loved the show? Then surely she would understand the depth of the subject and pick a different show without such a deep context. The ignorance and privilege JUMPED out.— Libby-mae (@Notnowfailure) 9 June 2019
Another said: “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 r*pe???? Jesus Christ.”
I honestly believe Kylie Jenner did NOT understand The Handmaids Tale if she’s throwing a themed party about it.— Boss (@Thebossthehoss) 9 June 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) 10 June 2019
However one fan decided to stick up for her.
This whoooole this about Kylie Jenner throwing a handmaids tale themed party FOR HER FRIEND. Is obviously because her friend loves the show. If you seriously think it’s for any other reason other than that you have got to get out of here.— Sereana (@itsjust_sereana) 10 June 2019