One company has come under fire for a “Handmaid’s Tale” costume that some have deemed offensive.
Online retailer Yandy recently posted a "Brave Red Maiden" Halloween outfit to its site. The getup, which was retailed at about $65, referenced the garb the women forced in surrogacy wear on the Hulu original series “Handmaid’s Tale.” The store’s version included a red cape, red short dress and a white bonnet.
In the description, the brand wrote, “An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume.”
Soon after the fit hit the internet, several people took to social media to express their disgust. Many said the clothing mocked rape victims.
Following the backlash, Yandy removed the listing from its site and issued an apology.
“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 a statement. “This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.”
Read the full apology here.