- 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.
“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.
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)@slupkin @shefalil pic.twitter.com/BfcXdlWQiP
— Rachel Bluth (@RachelHBluth) February 15, 2019
A number of people in DC shared photos of the set on Twitter, and the images were striking.
Happening now: Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale filming all day on the National Mall. pic.twitter.com/Kt5sjxTaMd
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) February 15, 2019
— Michelle Tetu (@MichelleNBC4) February 15, 2019
Trump speaking in the Rose Garden while The Handmaid's Tale is filming on the National Mall is MOOD. https://t.co/Zgm7qpD2yT
— Erika is voting BYE DON (@Scimommy) February 15, 2019
Stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, and Yvonne Strahovski were all there.
The scene at the National Mall looks … a little different today. Elisabeth Moss and co. are filming "The Handmaid's Tale" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. (????: @SweeneyABC, @philliefan_99) https://t.co/pV6IDchUKZ pic.twitter.com/HuHcra9brb
— Lori McCue (@LoriMcCue) February 15, 2019
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.”
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.
Season three of the “The Handmaid’s Tale” premieres on Hulu Wednesday, June 5.
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