Hulu series about a dystopian world where infertility has become widespread, threatening the survival of the human race. A Christian theocracy has taken over and has enslaved the few fertile women as concubines for birthing children to the leaders—and to oppress women everywhere, because, well, that’s what Christianity is all about, don’t you know. Or something.
This won an Emmy for Drama Series. So I tried to watch it. I couldn’t get very far. It was an unending parade of Christophobic stereotypes, cliches and demonizations of Christianity. A litany of the fevered delusions and projections of left wing paranoia. But even worse: It was just bad storytelling.
It’s clear why this series is getting critical accolades. Not because it’s good. It’s terrible. But because it reflects the collective intolerance and bigotry of the Hollywood elite.
The storytelling here was more preachy, more juvenile in it’s exaggeration, more ridiculously melodramatic than any Christian movie I have ever seen. And if you know me, you know I do not like preachy Christian movies.
It was like watching a sincere yet laughable horror movie from the 1950s with every shot a “scary” melodramatic exaggeration of ugly lighting, ominous music, dour acting and extreme dialogue. And more ominously ominous music. Dr. Evil has nothing on this.
The Christian leaders in this story are of course fascists with Nazi-like traits, rituals and decorations. Their barren wives are begrudging enablers of the evil patriarchy who abuse the handmaidens out of their resentment, thus damning Christian women as traitors to their gender.
The heroine is a newly enslaved handmaiden who is taught that pollution caused the worldwide infertility, which is God’s punishment. In the first episode we see that the Christians execute Catholic priests, abortionists and gays. So, it is Evangelical Christianity who is the real villain here.
Or at least Atwood’s bizarre twisted misinterpretation of what Evangelical Christianity is.
Are you Not Entertained?
The carnival of caricatures is so relentless it’s physically exhausting to watch. It’s a cringe-a-thon. A circus freak-show of boogeyman stereotypes.
If you are going to try to inspire hatred and bigotry against Christians, at least give me a good well-told antichrist story like Avatar or the Da Vinci Code. At least I would be entertained.
And those Hollywood players keep saying it has a scary similitude with our current political climate in America. REALLY? I MEAN REALLY? Only deranged minds full of phobic hatred can conclude such bizarre unreality.
Oh wait. This kind of fascist theocracy actually does exist in one kind of community all over the world. Islamic cultures engage in oppression of women, sex slavery, indoctrination of hate propaganda, killing of homosexuals and all the things that are feared in The Handmaid’s Tale.
But no, Atwood and the Hollywood left think that the fantasy of a non-existent Christian theocracy is the real evil we must fear. Not the patriarchal theocracy of Islam that actually exists, even in America.
What the hell is wrong with these people? Ignore Islamofascism as it murders and enslaves tens of thousands in the real world, and then promote a fantasy fear that Christianity is fascist slavery?
The Handmaid’s Tale shows girls having their eyes put out in obedience to Jesus’ words that it is better to pluck out your eye than to sin with it. As if those who take the Bible literally would conclude such ridiculousness. Oh, but wait, there are many Islamic communities that do cut off hands for theft. No, no, no. We have to worry about fantasy illusions of fascism, not real fascism. What kind of minds construct such perverted delusion in the face of reality?
I actually feel sorry for Margaret Atwood (and by extension, the filmmakers). She must live in a prison of hate and fear so deep, she cannot love or understand her fellow human beings. Since, in her malarial imagination, half the country are secret Nazis wanting to enslave women. Oh, that’s the “eerie relevance to today.” Half the country just voted in Hitler, right?
The story gives one the distinct impression that Atwood has a deep resentment and hatred of her own biological reality as a woman. She deconstructs childbearing into a curse of damnation on women. Birthing is a prison of oppression in this story. Something that is a vulnerability to be used against woman rather than a joyful blessing to be celebrated. Pregnancy, children, birth, are all made out to be a curse. The Handmaid’s Tale is almost like a satanic indictment of the creator for making women such victims in virtue of their wombs. It’s a tangible sort of self-loathing that makes it hard to be mad at her, because you just pity her instead.
This story is so extreme in its libel of Christianity, it reminds me of the Nazi propaganda that would try to link Jews and their society to a festering scrounging horde of rats. This is how actual totalitarian regimes are inspired. You gin up irrational fear of a constructed “enemy,” like those evil One percenter Russian czarists, or those Zionist infiltrators the Jews, or those theocratic patriarchal Christians. When the hysteria gets out of control, then the totalitarians actually think they are cleansing the world of evil as they hunt down “the other” as dehumanized monsters.
The tactic here is so without subtlety or nuance, that the intent is clear: To demonize Christians into fascist monsters, which of course becomes the justification of violence against Christians, something we are seeing already increasing in America. The logic goes like this: Nazis and fascists are pure evil that requires violent “resistance.” Christians are Nazis and fascists. So then it is our moral duty to engage in violence against Christians before they can create this evil monstrous fascist theocracy. It would be like killing Hitler before he came to power, and therefore saving the world!
The ultimate irony is that the storytelling incites the very fascism and violence it condemns. the Handmaid’s Tale is a Christophobic dog whistle. Let’s stop these Nazi Christians before they rise to bring forth the second coming of Hitler. Let’s build us some gas chambers.
And if you think this is being extreme or knee-jerk, well, now you know how it feels.
Read what the world does to Christian scapegoats in history…