"Handmaid's Tale"-Themed Wedding Photo Sparks Internet Outrage

October 4, 2019

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Praise be...or forever hold your peace? A couple's wedding photo went viral on Thursday, sparking disturbed reactions due to its Handmaid's Tale theme. The Instagram image shows the bridal couple kissing, surrounded by "handmaids" in red robes and white bonnets. The location is a landmark featured on the Hulu series: the "hanging wall," where characters on the show are executed for disobedience to Gilead's religious authoritarian system. Twitter users responded with commentary like, "The straights are not okay," and "Umm, did they watch [the show> with the sound off?" The photographers defended the work, claiming the image raised awareness of injustice.