'Sexy' Handmaid's Tale costume pulled from site after backlash
AN online clothing company has been forced to remove a costume from their site in the lead up to Halloween following severe social media backlash.
The costume, reminiscent of the outfit worn by the handmaids in the dystopian television series The Handmaid’s Tale, but with a ‘sexy’ twist, sparked controversy online for trivialising the message of the show and sexualising the handmaids — who are subjected to rape in the fictional totalitarian state, Gilead, in an attempt to repopulate society in the face of a rapidly declining birthrate.
The handmaids in the show are recognised by their long red dresses, white bonnets and red capes.
The outfit has also been used as a symbol for protesting women’s rights. Recently, a number of demonstrators wore the outfit to protest President Trump’s Supreme Court pick Brett Kavanaugh.
A picture of a model wearing the sexy version of the costume on Yandy.com featured a red minidress paired with a revealing red cape and a white bonnet. The model also wore sky-high black stilettos.
The website described it as the “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume.”
The description of the costume was even worse.
“An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say,” the description read, according to Fox News.
“However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume featuring a red minidress, a matching cloak with an attached hood and a white bonnet headpiece.”
The costume was advertised for $64.95 (A$89) before it was pulled from the site after severe backlash.
Yandy.com released a statement to its Twitter page following the backlash.
“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,” the statement read.
“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 website.”
This is not the first time the website has come under scrutiny for a sexy costume gone too far. Last year, the website was criticised for its sexy Stranger Things costume that depicted the character Eleven, as the actress who plays Eleven, Mille Bobby Brown, was 12 at the time of filming the popular Netflix series.
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