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.
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).
"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:
"The people hanging were men." "I didn't play Offred as a feminist." I'm genuinely stunned- rachel handler (@rachel_handler) April 21, 2017
bizarre Handmaid's Tale panel at Tribeca. Cast stressing over and over again that it's "not a feminist story, it's a human story."- rachel handler (@rachel_handler) April 21, 2017
*on the operating table, having my tubes tied by the government*- Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) April 22, 2017
OK but why don't the creators of "The Handmaid's Tale" think it's feminist
Feel like if there's just one show that actors could own as feminist, it's the Handmaid's Tale. Instead of opposing feminist to human.- David M. Perry (@Lollardfish) April 22, 2017
If you've filmed A Handmaid's Tale as "not a feminist story" you've done a bad job.- Andrew McEwan (@SanfrAndrew) April 22, 2017
@rachel_handler I feel like it's the height of fake news to say The Handmaid's Tale OF ALL THINGS isn't a feminist story. wtf?- big bad bully bitch (@battymamzelle) April 22, 2017
This is a bummer of an answer, but the show itself is deeply feminist. In terms of PR, what is gained by this "all lives matter" rhetoric? https://t.co/UsyilgLz9h- Rachel Vorona Cote (@RVoronaCote) April 22, 2017
Meta-marketing to try to escape the manufactured outrage of alt-right culture warriors who attack things like Ghostbusters. https://t.co/6oA3YxpPCk- Alexandra Erin (@alexandraerin) April 22, 2017
However, it looks like we can expect good things from the show, which also premiered at the event...
Watch the show y'all, it's v good. Just want Hulu's marketing dudes 2 get the message that feminism isn't a dirty word or a bad PR strategy. https://t.co/OGIQn2lGh8- rachel handler (@rachel_handler) April 22, 2017
THE HANDMAID'S TALE is *aces*. It's also making me want to vomit with anxiety.- emily nussbaum (@emilynussbaum) April 22, 2017
Handmaid's Tale Verdict: Uncomfortable, depressing, timely, and horrific. Women are garbage in the world they have created. Will watch more!- VzA (@ValerieComplex) April 21, 2017
The Handmaid's Tale premieres on Hulu on April 26.
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