Since Trump became president, we have seen an increase in American racial hate crimes. White supremacist who suddenly just hit randomly colored people on the street. We have seen people on Social Media condemning members of the LGBT community, and we have seen how suddenly women right has become a laughing stock just for naming some few.
We have seen how countries have risen to the occasion using understanding, compassion, and education, we have seen great nation fall into anger, fear, and hate.
To quote Charles Dickens: "is was the best of times, it was the worst of Times."
I just finished one of the most chilling and devasting TV-series I have ever seen. "The Handmaid´s Tale" I was a bit reluctant to see it, what I read about it didn't really appeal to me, and the only thing I knew about it, was it was a book from the 80és - and a fairly low IMDB ranked movie with Kim Cattrall (Samantha, Sex, and the City) But when my voice left, I thought I could binge watch this series instead. The book is written 1985 as work of speculative fiction by famed writer and environmental activist Margaret Atwood.
Is one of those things you watch, there leave a heavy mark, and just sit´s in you so deep, that you can´t really shake it off, and it is terrifying, become it does get close and there are scenes you just have to see, again and again, just to even be able to wrap your head around. And scenes you have to cover your eyes, because is just to painful to watch.
The story starts in a near future where Christian fundamentalist has taken over the USA, after years of low birth rates. Forcing the few fertile women to become handmaiden´s/concubines for the powerful men in the society. Where people who don´t agree are being punished with a very weak justice system and some hanged to make an example. Sounds far fetched? - In the beginning the viewer do feel it - But the storyline are brilliant making flashbacks 3-5 years back, where the world was still fairly normal. Giving everything a chilling feel of realism.
"Now I'm awake to the world. I was asleep before. That's how we let it happen. When they slaughtered Congress, we didn't wake up. When they blamed terrorists and suspended the Consitution, we didn't wake up then, either. Nothing changes instantaneously. In a gradually heating bathtub, you'd be boiled to death before you knew it." Offred - The Handmaid´s Tale.
In one of the scenes, one of the women from Gilead (Old America) have flet to Canada, and receive kindness for the first time in years. Despise being a fierce powerful women before the new regime, she is overwhelmed and lost for words. It´s a powerful scene, because we as the viewer do understand the pain and internal struggling she is dealing with. And we enjoy the relive of joy knowing she is safe after years and tourment. But my mind also start wandering to the countless refugees fleeing their countries, loosing everything they own, loosing themself until they become shadows of what they were.
People hanged on a wall for what have been Harvard University for diffrent "crimes" homosexuel being one of them.
As of June 2016, the ten nations which still put homosexuel people — to death include Yemen, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Somalia, Sudan, and United Arab Emirates. There are, of course, many more nations — The Independent reports 76 in total — in which homosexuality is illegal, though it doesn’t necessarily carry a death sentence. Queer men are most often the target of homophobic laws, though there is a disturbing rise in laws banning homosexual sex between women in recent years.
“It was kind of twisted to think about how I would hinder women—their body shape, and also their movement and their freedom with the clothing. I had to do it to make it realistic, but also to help the actors" Ane Crabtree - Costume designer
The whole existence on Gilard is based on rape, but it have been cleaned up and called a ceremony instead. And strangely enough when you watch the series, you almost forget that what happens is rape, there were a couple of times, where I was literally just thinking "How hard can it be" - And that terrified me! - We as a society has almost methodic become programmed to think, that rape, has to be brutal, with screams and violence. What leads to debate to drunk-rape/drugs etc
We have seen countless exampels where young men have been able to rape young women, with no consequences, because it was not "real rape"
How farfetched is it now?
The only thing I do miss in the serie is the lines to be drawn with race aswell, I guess the series show runner, was afraid to make it - but it would have brought even more realism to an already incredible story.
What do you think? I would love to hear your opnion aswell.