In a move that should surprise no one, a "Sexy Handmaid's Tale" Halloween costume has been yanked from distribution... because DUH!
Yandy, the online retailer that created and sold the costume, came under fire in a wave of internet backlash, forcing the company to take it off its website. The costume was a play on the overly modest red cloak seen on Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale, only this version consisted of a tight red mini dress with a barely-there cloak draped over it. Understandably, sexualizing a costume meant to depict the dehumanization and rape of women whose sole worth is determined by their bodies' ability to reproduce was not a great look for the costume company.
Once the costume was pulled, Yandy released a statement apologizing for the error in judgement: "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 company said in the statement. "Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image."
Even if the costume was about protestors instead of the quantifiably more mainstream Hulu series, it's still hard to justify the thought process behind designing it. Anyone who gave the idea more than two seconds of thought should have realized that this was going to end in public outcry and mass shaming.
Let's all try to be a little bit smarter, people.