"Does anyone wanna tell her that handmaids are literally raped, stripped of their freedom and treated as cattle???" wrote one concerned Twitter user.
Call it a major disconnect or tone-deaf at best, but Twitter has some very strong ideas about Kylie Jenner throwing an elaborate 22nd birthday party for new bestie Stassie Karanikolaou inspired by "The Handmaid's Tale."
The young makeup mogul went all out with decorations and elaborate costumes and even had everyone getting into character, calling the men Commander and the women dressed in red with a name beginning with "Of."
And that, of course, is why so many on Twitter were upset at this particular inspiration, even if it is Kylie's "favorite show ever," as she posited on her Instagram Stories Saturday night.
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
"Welcome to Gilead," the "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star said in the video, walking her fans into the home tricked out in banners sporting the oppressive fictional nation's symbol.
The wait staff, offering food and drinks to the guests, were dressed as the servant-class Marthas from the show, while drinks and greetings picked up on the religious expressions from the show like "under his eye" and "may the Lord open."
That said, one young lady was trying to refer to herself as "OfAriel in a video Stassie shared and that would not suggest that she is wholly owned by her commander as the show does by making their name "Of" the man who brutally ensalves and rapes them for the purpose of procreation, so at least some of the attendants didn't seem all that familiar with how the show works, or perhaps its messages.
In the videos the attendees can be seen laughing at the expressions used in the show, and enjoying playing at the subservient roles of the women from the show, which many on Twitter found just appalling. Even worse for many is that this is coming down even as women across the nation are fighting for the right to their own bodies and several states pass restrictive laws over abortion in blatant attempts to overthrow Roe v. Wade (which legalized abortions nationwide) at the Supreme Court level.
It could be argued, however, that by subverting and taking ownership of this imagery, Kylie is making a statement about her own agency as a powerful modern woman, but that's certainly not the takeaway for many people responding via social media:
Kylie Jenner throwing her friend a Handmaid’s Tale themed birthday party complete with robes, Gilead flags, “Praised be” vodka and “Under his eye” tequila is so tone deaf, at any time, but especially when women’s rights and autonomy are particularly under attack. Disheartening.— Ana María (@anamgom) 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
the fact that kylie jenner actually threw a “handmaid’s tale” themed birthday party is so disturbing. i am actually dumbfounded.— zach (@zachabuorf) June 9, 2019
Wait so... Kylie threw a #HandmaidsTale party and got dressed as a handmaid... does anyone wanna tell her that handmaids are literally raped, stripped of their freedom and treated as cattle??? pic.twitter.com/BZBxOoC1AL— Maiya (@QveenMai) June 9, 2019
So no one finds Kylie having a Handmaid’s Tale themed party highly inappropriate and not cute at all? Just me? Okay 🥴— makala (@makalatweets) June 9, 2019
Women's bodies get policed on a daily, some states are trying to ban abortion, yet Kylie Jenner thought a Handmaid's tale theme party was a good idea pic.twitter.com/W80sm0RMpn— Ilke Nackerdien (@ilke_zuleika) June 9, 2019
did kylie really just do that...lol her friend's birthday party is the handmaid's tale themed and theyre all dressed up in handmaid garb and laughin and cracking up i'm....— Sof WHAT OF MY WRATH? (@damoansalvatore) June 9, 2019
kylie jenner threw a the handmaid’s tale themed party wha- pic.twitter.com/tBgohWpnR9— َ (@isleofwess) June 9, 2019
when i saw kylie jenner’s insta story throwing a handmaid’s tale party pic.twitter.com/vyj0auLfWa— katrin (@kats___) June 9, 2019
Kylie Jenner deadass threw a handmaid’s tale themed party.... in 2019.... does she even know what it’s about???— Ragaa (@Itsragaa) June 9, 2019
kylie jenner throwing a handmaid's themed bday party for fun is so insulting when there are people dressing up as handmaid's to fight for control over their reproductive rights... this privilege and ignorance is gross— jess 🐥 (@igotbushim) June 9, 2019
Me watching Kylie Jenner’s Handmaid’s Tale themed party on Instagram pic.twitter.com/sXDQuZbq7k— Glory Anne Plata (@glory_anne) June 9, 2019
Kylie Jenner throwing a Handmaid’s Tale theme party is making me CRINGE. Glamorizing Gilead is really something else— Preeya (@ronaldweasley) June 9, 2019
Show about a totalitarian state in which women have no agency but make it FASHUN BITCHESSSSSSS! Woooooo!!!— Danielle Binks (@danielle_binks) June 9, 2019
anyone else deeply disturbed by the Handmaid’s Tale themed bday party hosted by Kylie Jenner???— wicked melina (@melinaliulakis) June 9, 2019
sos Kylie Jenner is currently hosting a Handmaid’s Tale-themed party and I literally have no idea how to even comprehend why she thought that would ever be a good idea someone please go over there and explain why that is so problematic because sis is very uninformed— Emma Shilliday (@emmyshills) June 9, 2019
You know how the people who live in the capitol of the Hunger Games series just looooovvee watching the hunger games? That is the actual mood of Kylie Jenner saying the Handmaid’s Tale is her “favorite show” 😤😤😤🤬🤬🤬— Vanessa K (@vanosaurusrex12) June 9, 2019
Having a handmaid’s tale themed party is problematic AT BEST.. you’d think someone would have told Kylie that the glamorisation of sex slaves was best avoided.— sophiebrennan (@SophieBrennan8) June 9, 2019
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