Handmaid's Tale star says it's "not a feminist story"

Louise McCreesh
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From Digital Spy

The Handmaid's Tale star Elisabeth Moss has bewildered fans after saying the show is "not a feminist story".

Based on Margaret Atwood's 1985 feminist story, The Handmaid's Tale follows Offred, a woman forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship in a dystopian future.

Last year, the novel was picked up by The 100 producer Bruce Miller and quickly snapped by by streaming service Hulu in a straight-to-series 10-episode order.

The project grew in buzz as it attracted a slew of big names including Mad Men's Elisabeth Moss, Gilmore Girl Alexis Bledel and OITNB star Samira Wiley.

Although the novel is regarded as one of literature's most iconic feminist works, Moss – who stars as Offred – has confused fans by saying the show is "not a feminist story".

"It's not a feminist story, it's a human story, because women's rights are human rights," Moss said at Tribeca Film Festival (via Variety).

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"I never intended to play [Mad Men's] Peggy as a feminist and I never expected to play Offred as a feminist," she added.

People were, of course, quick to react on Twitter:

However, it looks like we can expect good things from the show, which also premiered at the event...

The Handmaid's Tale premieres on Hulu on April 26.

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