A couple who had their wedding photo themed after “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood has garnered the collective disgust of internet denizens for its deliberate tone-deaf concept.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a story about a dystopian society where women are completely subjected to the whims of the patriarchy. In all iterations of the story, this is the ultimate problem that the female characters have to face.
With this in mind, it’s not surprising that people would be quick to call it out for a gross misuse of something that’s narratively oppressive. While the photo on Instagram has since been deleted for the chaos it caused, some users took a screenshot of the said post.
The shot, shared by Van Daele and Russell Photography in a now-deleted post on Instagram, showed the picture of a bride and groom kissing in the center of the frame surrounded by photoshopped handmaidens on each side. As if that isn’t bad enough, the photographers even chose to shoot the image, as reported by People Magazine, on the wall “where bodies of those who have committed crimes are hung” in the story.
|Photo Credit via Caitlin Van Horror on Twitter|
Caitlin van Horror put the now-deleted Instagram shot on Twitter where more people sounded off in the comments. One user even took a screenshot of what the photography company had to say about the shoot when they were called out for it.
Their response was rather long-winded, but the gist of what they were trying to say was this:
|Photo Credit via Rafay on Twitter|
"What’s sad is that everyone is reacting exactly as expected – just like in Gilead – and missing the opportunity to think for themselves, to educate themselves, to become engaged activists instead of simply keyboard warriors," the photographers stated, in part. "We’d love to see people out in the streets participating in women’s marches, supporting equal rights for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation, and so many other important causes…instead of sitting here scrolling through Instagram and knee-jerking their way through comment threads."