'The Handmaid's Tale' was seen filming in Washington, DC, and people thought it was another protest

Hulu‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ is returning for a third season.
  • Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” filmed parts of season three in Washington, DC, Friday.
  • Cast members dressed in Handmaid costumes were in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall.
  • Some people thought it was a protest at first.

Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” filmed in Washington, DC, on Friday and photos from the set blurred fiction and reality.

Cast members dressed in the now iconic red cape and white bonnet that signify a Handmaid were seen gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the National Mall, but the group first appeared like it could be a protest.

Read more: ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ costume designer is humbled by her design being used in protests

“Says something about 2019 that we had to see this up close to figure out if it was a protest or filming for the ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ season 3. (It’s the latter),” Rachel Bluth, a reporter for Kaiser Health News, wrote on Twitter.

A number of people in DC shared photos of the set on Twitter, and the images were striking.

Stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Yvonne Strahovski were all there.

It isn’t tough to see why the filming had people thinking a protest was going on. On the Hulu series, the outfit is forced upon women by an oppressive government that treats women as property. Protestors around the globe have taken the Handmaid’s uniform and worn them as symbols of resistance.

Planned Parenthood staged a demonstration at the Capitol in June 2017 where protesters wore the costumes in opposition to the proposed healthcare bill which would restrict funding to health care centres that provide access to abortions and other forms of birth control.

The outfit has been used in other countries, including Ireland and Argentina, in protests for abortion rights.

Costume designer Ane Crabtree spoke with INSIDER about her designs being used during protests.

“It really moves me so much and it means so much to me,” Crabtree said. “What’s interesting is that it’s global now. It’s being used in so many countries for so many different reasons and protests. All I can say is that it’s very humbling.”

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The first season three teaser trailer aired during the 2019 Super Bowl and featured a scene that also appears to have been filmed on the National Mall. A large group of women dressed in the robes is standing in front of the Washington Monument, which has been transformed into a large cross.

Handmaids tale season threeHuluWomen stand in the National Mall on season three.

Season three of the “The Handmaid’s Tale” premieres on Hulu Wednesday, June 5.

Watch the teaser trailer below.


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