Back in June, Kylie Jenner earned quite a bit of backlash online when she threw a Handmaid’s Tale themed birthday party for her best friend Anastasia “Stassie” Karanikolaoui. Complete with sexy handmaid outfits, “praise be” greetings, and liquor like “Praise Be Vodka” and “Under His Eye Tequila,” this party was seen as a misunderstanding of the serious nature of the book and television series.
Nothing like rape, genocide, and the total subjugation of women to get you in the party mood, am I right?
People dragged her online, pointing out that she clearly either didn’t understand or didn’t care about the story.
“My readers deal with those things. They notice them before I do. I expect that Kylie Jenner heard from some of them along the lines of ‘We appreciate the thought, but you kind of missed it.’ There were some themed tequila.”
Jenner so clearly missed the warning/the point of the Atwood’s story, but at least the author herself isn’t holding it against the cosmetics guru.
Ultimately, Atwood doesn’t think that people like Jenner and others who have misconstrued her work mean any harm. Plus, Atwood makes an excellent point about baked goods.
“People often do this in a very well-meaning way; they’re not trying to be unpleasant. It has been the occasion when I’ve been speaking somewhere and I will be greeted with Handmaid’s Tale cupcakes because the person doing the catering is such a fan. Will I turn up my nose at such cupcakes? No, I will not. I will not do that.”
Hopefully Jenner has learned from the ignorant display since then, but Atwood is offering her room to grow. No one gets woke overnight.
“There are these things that appear, and as far as I’m concerned, that’s people playing in the sandbox. I’m happy to have people playing in the sandbox, although sometimes they get a little off, but that is to be expected. There are people right now writing military histories of Gilead, and I look forward to reading them because I’m not going to do that.”
I’m not sure a ill-chosen party theme is the same as expanding on Atwood’s monumental work, but if Atwood can get over it, so can fans.