“THE HANDMAID’S TALE’S RACE PROBLEM” – Or “the left will eat itself”, or “intersectionality is a bitch”:
The Handmaid’s Tale, a bracingly up-to-date screen adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, has been praised for its cinematic visuals and compelling central performance from Elisabeth Moss as handmaid Offred, but one element remains controversial: the inclusion of race without the depiction of racism. It’s this that New York Magazine has described as the show’s “greatest failing”.
Apparently, in the TV adaptation, Atwood’s sexist dystopia should also be racist. Otherwise it’s not accurate. Never mind that we are talking not about history but about a fictional world created by a novelist and subsequently translated onto the small screen.
This is reminiscent of the story I commented on yesterday, where April Reign, the activist behind the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, is now complaining that “Game of Thrones” – another fictional, fantasy world – doesn’t have any significant characters of colour, and is organising another campaign, #NoConfederate, against a proposed HBO series of alternative history America where the slavery still exists in the South.
“Handmaid’s Tale”, which has already become a left-wing meme as a parable of Trump’s fascist America, is clearly not woke enough. Welcome to the Victimhood Olympics 2017.