A Halloween costume based on a TV series has triggered intense debate online as the annual rising tide of outrage over not-fully-thought-out getups gets off to an early start. The sexy costume, which you can see below, is based on Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale.”
The costume was marketed briefly by Yandy, which has previously stirred up controversy with other edgy pop culture-based fare. The “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume” was being sold for $64.95 before the company pulled the listing.
In a blurb accompanying the listing, Yandy 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 featuring a red mini dress, a matching cloak with an attached hood, and a white bonnet headpiece. (Pantyhose not included.)”
The Hollywood Reporter notes that Yandy sparked a twitterstorm a year ago with a pregnant Kylie Jenner costume.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” portrays a dystopia in which women’s rights have been stripped away and they are forced to put up with repeated sexual assaults, THR notes.
“It wasn’t long before social media lit up with heated responses to Yandy’s ‘Brave Red Maiden’ costume, noting the company’s insensitivity to the serious topics addressed in Hulu’s Emmy-winning series,” THR adds.
Wrote one Twitter user: “Nothing like a sexy rape victim for Hallwoween fun.”
Another commented: “Wow how much more insensitive can you get @Yandy? This is disgusting. No one asked for this.”
After pulling the costume from its online store, Yandy sent out an apology, saying in part: “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. 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. Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site.”