Kylie Jenner hosted a party with a 'Handmaid's Tale' theme and people think it was tone deaf

Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagicKylie Jenner, ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ fan.
  • Over the weekend Kylie Jenner threw a birthday party for her best friend Anastasia Karanikolaou.
  • The theme was “Handmaid’s Tale.”
  • Online, people are criticising Jenner for taking inspiration from the dystopian show which depicts a reality in which women have limited autonomy.
  • People are calling the party, in which people wore the show’s distinct red robes and white bonnets and drank themed cocktails, “tone deaf” and “disheartening.”
  • Season 3 of the “Handmaid’s Tale” was released on Wednesday.
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Over the weekend Kylie Jenner threw a birthday party for her best friend Anastasia Karanikolaou. The party was elaborate, extravagant, and extensively documented on Instagram – of course.

Kylie invited a slew of celebrities and gave the party something of a topical theme: “Handmaid’s Tale.” Season 3 of the program, which is based on a Margaret Atwood novel of the same name, was released on Hulu Wednesday. The show, set in a dystopian future, depicts a society called Gilead in which women have limited autonomy and reproductive rights.

The handmaids tale huluHulu‘Handmaids Tale.’

To many, it seemed a peculiar choice for a birthday party theme. As seen on now-expired Instagram stories, each guest was given their own red robe and white bonnet – the distinct costumes worn by the oppressed handmaidens in the show. The food and cocktails were given themed names like “Praise Be Vodka” and “Under His Eye Tequila.” In one video, Jenner could be heard saying “Welcome to Gilead.”

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But not everyone found this quippy or clever. In fact, many found it “tone deaf” and “disheartening.”^tfw

Jenner isn’t the first to be criticised for creating a “fun” interpretation of the dark series.

In September, Yandy, a lingerie retailer known best for Halloween costumes stopped selling a “sexy ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Halloween costume” after people were outraged over the design.

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