‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Hulu Debut Sparks Smart, Politically Savvy Online Reactions

“‘This will become ordinary’ — when the banality of evil stops being a dystopia and instead becomes the evening news,” one Twitter user says

Last Updated: April 27, 2017 @ 4:42 AM

“The Handmaid’s Tale” had an instant impact when it debuted on Hulu on Wednesday night.

And for once, the reactions on social media about the streaming drama based on Margaret Attwood’s dystopian novel were surprisingly intelligent and educated.

“‘This will become ordinary’ — when the banality of evil stops being a dystopia and instead becomes the evening news,” one Twitter user said.

Not surprisingly given the current political climate, many compared the totalitarian theocracy set in a near-future New England to life in the U.S. under the Trump administration.

“Just to be safe, let’s keep Mike Pence from watching ,” another user said, referring to the vice president.

“The is basically what would happen if was president for 12 minutes,” quipped another.

“Instead of lamenting how ‘timely’ is, how about we work extra hard to NOT be like The Handmaid’s Tale? C’mon,” was a another response.

Based on a seminal 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, “The Handmaid’s Tale” centers around a servant in the household of a high-ranking official in a totalitarian society called Gilead. Being one of the few remaining fertile women in Gilead, she is forced into sexual servitude.

The series stars Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Yvonne Strahovski and Alexis Bledel.

See the Twitter reactions below.