Photographers defend “Handmaid’s Tale” wedding photos slammed as “deeply disturbing”

by Daniel Payne · Oct 3rd, 2019 4:30 pm
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Last Updated Nov 19th, 2019 at 2:08 pm

Two photographers who recently shot a wedding in the theme of The Handmaid’s Tale defended the photo shoot, while others slammed it as tone-deaf and “puke-worthy.”

The Canadian photography company, Van Daele & Russell, shot photographs for the wedding styled after the dystopian fiction franchise The Handmaid’s Tale, a story that takes place in a despotic theocracy in which women are designated property and used as breeding slaves. The photograph of the newlywed couple was digitally altered to include a lineup of the titular handmaids.

One online critic slammed the photo as “truly puke-worthy,” while another called it “the opposite of cute,” and a third said it was “deeply disturbing.”

“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 said in a statement to USA Today. “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. So you’re all correct – it’s gross, disgusting, and a horrible concept that is rampantly becoming more ‘real’ in the world day by day and comment by comment.”

The photo has since been removed from their Facebook page.

🔦 The Handmaid’s Tale has become a pop culture touchstone in recent years; some critics believe it is an effective allusion to a rising misogynist theocracy in the United States.