TORONTO — The photographers behind a couple’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” wedding photo are defending it following a flood of comments criticizing it for appearing to misunderstand the oppressive world depicted in the novel and television series.
The TV series, produced by Hulu and based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, is about a theocratic dystopian United States where women, called handmaids, are raped and forced to bear the children of men whose wives are infertile. It’s also where being LGBTQ is illegal.
So it may seem strange that this world would be the backdrop for a wedding photo. But in the past week, newlyweds Kendra and Tortsten Mueller did just that and it’s caused quite the stir.
Their photograph featured the bride and groom kissing in between a row of handmaids in front of a Cambridge, Ont., wall the TV crew uses for scenes of the “Hanging Wall” — where people are hung for going against the world’s fictional religious regime.
Once the photo was posted on Twitter, it quickly went viral garnering 1,000 comments – the majority of which were critical.
The straights are not okay pic.twitter.com/jm7Ody6yY4
— Caitlin Van Horror ⚰️ (@HelloCVH) October 3, 2019
“Everyone knows the core of a successful hetero marriage is having access to sex slaves,” one person tweeted, with another writing “honestly I can’t think of a better example of white women feminism.”
Many called out the photo for missing the point of the show and flooded both the Facebook and Instagram pages of London, Ont.-based photographers Van Daele and Russell who took the photo.