So I guess there’s this TV show based on The Handmaid’s Tale…

…and somehow it’s the talking point du jour because even though it’s based on a 30-year-old novel it happens to be so timely! Because it’s exactly like what Trump is doing to America, because Christians.

It happens I have a copy of the original Handmaid’s Tale and wasn’t able to sustain interest for more than about ten pages, so I don’t have a lot of opinion about the book and none at all about the TV show. And I’m even a little fuzzy about the buzz, because I haven’t been internetting much this past week. But I did get a distinct whiff of conflation between Christianity and the Trump administration: Fear of.

As I understand it, The Handmaid’s Tale is set in a dystopian theocracy where women have the right to be submissive, obedient and demure and no other rights at all, and where the hopefully still-fertile ones are assigned as sex slaves to well-placed men. I won’t say that’s not a Trumpian fantasy because I don’t know and don’t want to know what goes on inside that man’s head, but it doesn’t seem to match anything he came out and said. And he said a lot.

Except for the submissive and obedient part (and – clears throat nervously – no offense but has that ever happened? Ever?) it’s not remotely anything Christians would put up with in their doctrine, and people, I’ve known some of the wackier Christians. Uh uh.

In fact if we’re coming up with scary misogyny scenarios based on out-of-control religions, there is this one religion that…um…oh, but that’s the religion of peace and tolerance. We must embrace and accept that religion, or we’re evil. Intolerant. Dare I say Trumpian.

So…I guess I don’t get what all the quacking is about, is all I’m saying.

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9 Responses to So I guess there’s this TV show based on The Handmaid’s Tale…

  1. M says:

    **Ratings**. The book wasn’t too terribly bad, I’ve read worse. There was a tiny little subversive plot wrapped in adequate spelling and grammar. Not worth purchasing (although it was useful for passing time years ago before the TSA took up free blue massages after Shrub1’s freedom was instituted).

  2. Ben says:

    To put this in perspective, this is a”TV show” in much the same way that millions of forgettable amateurish books are”published” on Amazon. That show is not available on any TV or cable channel that I know of, but only on a streaming service.

  3. Jeff Allen says:

    TV B.S. : this was done by Duvall & Dunaway, and some others…
    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099731/

  4. Andrew says:

    Right now the lefties can say anything is anti-Trump because…

    Personally, after watching the movie based on the book and then trying to read the book, well, I would prefer read ‘Atlas Shrugged’ than this drivel.

    This story is along the same lines as ‘A Boy and his Dog’ which should be enough there. Wait, at least ‘A Boy…’ was slightly entertaining.

  5. JerryN says:

    Hey — “A Boy and His Dog” was a classic!

    Staying away from this show, though. Definitely got the same vibe from the commercials I saw for it. Just another fantasy piece by the sniveling, sanctimonious, liberal establishment who are the truly humorless, intolerant Elmer Gantrys of the new millennium.

  6. Andrew says:

    I watched ‘2001’ and then read the book. The book made more sense (though the movie was fantastic.)

    I watched ‘Handmaiden’s Tale’ and then read the book. Neither of them made any better sense than the other.

    I watched ‘A Boy and his Dog’ and then read the graphic novel. The graphic novel was much better, especially the ending, haha. Though, the Boy was a teenage male, and there were all those girls, why did they have to use a machine to get his seed? I mean, they could have just left him in the room and cycled a girl through there every 10 minutes. Never understood that part…

  7. Joel says:

    I never saw the movie or the graphic novel but I read the original Ellison story. It was a long long time ago, so memory fails, but as I recall the boy suggested just cycling a girl through every 10 minutes or so and maybe bring him a sammich in between. But they considered him dirty and uncouth – which he absolutely was – and preferred test tubes and machines. Kind of ruined the experience for him, so he left.

  8. Andrew says:

    Yep, and then his dog ate him. Talk about getting screwed by everyone…

  9. Joel says:

    Harlon Ellison always was a loud and proud nihilist. Never was my favorite author.

To the stake with the heretic!