“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 #HandmaidsTale,” another user said, referring to the vice president.
“Instead of lamenting how ‘timely’ #handmaidstale 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.
#HandmaidsTale is perfection and Margaret Atwood is a genius.
— ASWANG (@jennny_jenn) April 27, 2017
The scariest thing is we are not too far from this dystopian society. And around the world, it is a reality. #HandmaidsTale
— Stephanie Young, PhD (@lostpenny8) April 27, 2017
Why were we reading David Copperfield in high school instead of #HandmaidsTale?
— ♥PsuedoBae♥ (@likeacupcake) April 27, 2017
— ???? Joe Sondow ???? (@JoeSondow) April 27, 2017
#handmaidstale is great great television. Riveting, raw and too real.
In related news: I may never sleep again. pic.twitter.com/35vBBctxnH
— Kristy Puchko (@KristyPuchko) April 27, 2017
"This will become ordinary"- when the banality of evil stops being a dystopia and instead becomes the evening news #handmaidstale
— Jess Davey-Quantick (@Jess_DQ) April 27, 2017
Just to be safe, let's keep Mike Pence from watching #HandmaidsTale.
— Mary Kate Chlada (@mkchlada13) April 27, 2017
— Elisa-fish (@Katija_speak) April 27, 2017
Started watching The #HandmaidsTale b/c the internet promised me lesbians, instead I got a vision of the America Mike Huckabee yearns for
— Thistallawkwardgirl (@thistallawkgirl) April 27, 2017
— Michael J. Carroll (@MJohnnyCarroll) April 27, 2017
Most terrifying line in #handmaidstale was "after a time, this will be ordinary."
— EnemyJo (@joannenj) April 27, 2017
Everyone: OMG #HandmaidsTale is so scary!
English and Gender Studies Majors: YEAH WE EFFING KNOW
— MsAJBossypants (@MsAJBossypants) April 27, 2017