if I'm being completely honest, I've never actually seen an episode of The Handmaid's Tale. So I couldn't really tell you how or why this costume is offensive, outside of it just bein ugly. But when costume website Yandy posted the following look up top, it receive quite a bit of backlash. So much so, they made the decision to pull the look and release the following statement:
"Yandy always has stood, and will continue to stand, at the forefront of encouraging our customers to “Own Your Sexy.” We support our customers being comfortable in their skin, regardless of who they are or what they choose to wear. Our corporate ideology is rooted in female empowerment, and gender empowerment overall,” Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our “Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume” is being seen as a symbol of women’s oppression, rather than an expression of women’s empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level. Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image.Given the sincere, heartfelt response, supported by numerous personal stories we’ve received, we are removing the costume from our site."
For more info on the backlash and how you can browse some of there equally (if not more) offensive Native American costumes, click here.