"I had to look up who Kylie Jenner was," says Margaret Atwood.
The Internet tore Kylie Jenner apart earlier this year, when she threw an elaborate 22nd birthday party for BFF Stassie Karanikolaou inspired by Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale." The author of the book from which the show is adapted, however, had a more measured reaction.
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 -- all referred to by "Of" names -- dressing in red cloaks. The wait staff, meanwhile, offered themed food and drinks to the guests and were dressed as the servant-class Marthas from the show.
"Oh, Kylie Jenner," said Atwood in an interview with New York Magazine. "I had to look up who Kylie Jenner was, I'm so old."
The 80-year-old author was then asked what, "if anything," she made of the party.
"My readers deal with those things. They notice them before I do," she replied. "I expect that Kylie Jenner heard from some of them along the lines of 'We appreciate the thought, but you kind of missed it.'"
That wasn't quite the case, with people on social media calling her out for being "tone deaf," "problematic," "disheartening" and "highly inappropriate and not cute at all." Show star Bradley Whitford also called it "a little tacky" while appearing on "The Talk."
For Atwood, however, Jenner was just another in a long line of people who are just "a little off" in their appreciation of her material.
"There were some themed tequila. People often do this in a very well-meaning way; they're not trying to be unpleasant," she said. "It has been the occasion when I've been speaking somewhere and I will be greeted with Handmaid's Tale cupcakes because the person doing the catering is such a fan. Will I turn up my nose at such cupcakes? No, I will not. I will not do that."
She added that while she's "happy to have people playing in the sandbox" of her work, "sometimes they get a little off, but that is to be expected."