Kylie Kardashian is facing sharp backlash for throwing her friend "Stassie" a Handmaid's Tale themed birthday party this weekend, featuring drinks named after important motifs in the show. The show depicts a world in which women are heavily oppressed, and many see it as a cautionary tale for what's happening in the real world. Kardashian says that it's her favorite show, but in light of the mismatch in tone, some are wondering, "Has she actually seen it?"
Kylie Jenner made a bold party theme choice over the weekend when she decided to throw her friend Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaou a Handmaid’s Tale themed 22nd birthday party.
Given the gravity of the show’s premise, and, as Buzzfeed puts it, depiction of “a dystopian society in which women are stripped of all rights, selected for their fertility, and routinely [forcefully penetrated] before being forced into childbirth,” it would seem to make a really awful choice for a party theme.
The choice has widely been regarded as a bad move, and, as The Daily Beast notes, that it comes in the midst of a nation-wide women’s rights crisis just illustrates how far out of touch the Kardashians/Jenners really are.
Not surprisingly, people on Twitter began to fire back for the cluelessness that seems to often surround the Kardashian/Jenner clan.
Kylie Jenner's mate had a Handmaid's Tale themed birthday party and I just pic.twitter.com/mk6IfEIUhT— Valerie Loftus Hall 👹 (@valerieloftus) 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
Can someone please reassure me that "Kylie Jenner's Handmaid's Tale–Themed Party" is a phrase I hallucinated on this festering grease trap of a hellsite— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) June 10, 2019
Kylie Jenner threw a Handmaid’s Tale themed birthday party.— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) June 10, 2019
Because nothing says “fun” like dressing up as women who are habitually raped and denied basic human rights.
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
So, Kylie Kardashian and her friends apparently enjoyed their time dressing up as abject slaves in a horrifying patriarchal dystopia, even as the internet continues to pile on the criticism. What do you think? Was Kylie just having fun, or does this go to far? Let us know in the comments!