This 'Sexy' Handmaid's Tale-Inspired Halloween Outfit Embodies Everything That's Wrong In The World
An online costume brand has created one of the worst, sorry the worst Halloween outfit of all time of all time, with its 'sexy' Handmaid's Tale-inspired costume. Yes, really.
Just to put things into perspective for you, the hulu adaptation of Margaret Atwood's novel is based on the oppression of a group of 'fertile' women who are treated as property of the government, and forced into sexual slavery.
The dystopian series follows Offred, played by Elizabeth Moss who won a Golden Globe for the role, as she becomes a handmaid and unwillingly enters a child-bearing servitude for the sake of the country. Now which part of the above sounded 'sexy' at any point?
The maids all wear red cloaks in the series, which have also become an international symbol for women's rights. This summer, women in Argentina marched for abortion while wearing the red cloak.
And Yandy's outfit looks pretty damn similar to these red cloaks, and the decision to add the word 'sexy' and a pair of fishnets to it is quite frankly disturbing.
"An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say," reads Yandy's product description. "However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume featuring a red mini dress, a matching cloak with an attached hood, and a white bonnet headpiece. (Pantyhose not included.)."
It goes without saying that the costume was met with fury on social media, and the brand has since issued a statement, removing the costume from its site.
It reads: "Yandy always has stood, and will continue to stand, at the forefront of encouraging our customers to "Own Your Sexy". We support our customers being comfortable in their skin, regardless of who they are or what they choose to wear. Our corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall.
"Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our "Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume" is being seen as a symbol of women's oppression, rather than an expression of women's empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.
"Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we've received, we are removing the costume from our site."
Featured Image Credit: Yandy