"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."
"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.
Sofia Richie was in attendance as well, sharing several pictures and videos to her own Instagram Stories, as did the birthday girl herself Stassi.
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.
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
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
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
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” 😤😤😤🤬🤬🤬