This "Sexy Handmaid's Tale" Halloween Costume Has Caused HUGE Backlash
21 September 2018, 13:11
The costume was called "inappropriate" and accused of missing the point.
Halloween is approaching and you'll need to think long and hard about a solid costume idea. One costume you absolutely should NOT co-sign is this sexy Handmaid's Tale inspired (?) look that has people on the internet seriously confused and bewildered.
Yandy recently put a "Brave Red Maiden" costume up for sale on its site and, uh, there's a lot to unpack here.
The costume was $64.95 and we don't know where to begin.
For those who have never seen The Handmaid's Tale, it's about a dystopian society where women are raped and forced bear the children of the powerful elite. Many women in fictional Gilead cannot carry their own children and so the young women who can are put through harrowing and often violent ordeals at the hands of powerful families. In the show, the Handmaids wear long red cloaks and white bonnets.
Due to the show's sensitive themes, many who came across the costume by Yandy found the whole idea distasteful. Some people called it "deeply inappropriate".
It's that time of year again: deeply inappropriate "sexy" Halloween costumes! Not sure if this "sexy" Handmaid's Tale costume is well off the mark, or horribly fitting. Either way, just no. pic.twitter.com/C3uk2rCeiy— Kurtis Garbutt (@KJGarbutt) September 21, 2018
Today: Slutty Handmaid’s Tale Costume. Tomorrow: Slutty Global Warming. pic.twitter.com/bLr7s1owOX— Kashana (@kashanacauley) September 20, 2018
“Hey, have you ever seen Handmaid’s Tale?”— Sean “Pumpkin” Spicer (@MarksGarsman) September 21, 2018
“No, I have not.”
“What do you think of this costume idea?”
“Looks good, I guess, let’s make a thousand of them.” pic.twitter.com/1kqljycUF3
People were pretty sure that a sexy Handmaid's costume missed the point entirely.
I can't decide if this misses the point of The Handmaid's Tale, or encapsulates it completely. https://t.co/nSDeKpJN8T— Petra Starke 🌟🗝 (@petstarr) September 21, 2018
MAKING A SEXY HANDMAID’S TALE COSTUME DEFEATS THE PURPOSE OF THE SHOW!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻— Abby McGinn (@AbbyMcGinn) September 20, 2018
Following the backlash, Yandy issued an apology for the ill conceived costume.
"Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume” is being seen as a symbol of women's oppression, rather than an expression of women's empowerment," the brand said on social media and on their site.
Yandy also confirmed that the costume had been removed from their site. It looks like Yandy took the critiques of the costume on board.