The author of the book ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ appeared in this scene of the show
Looking ahead to the premiere of the television version of The Handmaid’s Tale, Atwood published an article in the New York Times explaining why she wrote the book in 1984. Additionally, she discussed the book’s many adaptations. She revealed that she had a cameo on the show. It’s a flashing cameo and you’ll miss that lasts a few seconds.“The scene is one in which the newly enlisted maids are brainwashed at some sort of Red Guard rehab center known as the Red Center,” Atwood wrote. “They must learn to give up their previous identities, to know their place and their duties, to understand that they have no real rights but that they will be protected to a certain extent if they comply, and to think so badly of themselves that they will accept their assigned fate and not rebellious or runaway. The maids sit in a circle, the aunts equipped with Taser forcing them to join what is now called (but was not, in 1984) the “slut” of one of their numbers, Jeanine, who is forced to recount how she was gang raped as a teenager. Her fault she led them – it is the song of the other maids.
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Why Margaret Atwood was so upset by this scene from “The Handmaid’s Tale”
Although Atwood was only acting, she found her cameo scene “horribly upsetting”. She found it to be too real because women hurt other women in real life – even in contexts where women are oppressed. Atwood noted that the actors in the scene were less upset than she was, as they laughed during their lunch breaks after the streak ended. Interestingly, Elisabeth Moss told Observer that she hopes the show doesn’t traumatize people.
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What Elisabeth Moss thought of her meeting with Margaret Atwood for her cameo in “The Handmaiden’s Tale”
During his interview with Observer, Moss discussed his meeting with Atwood for his cameo. Moss found the experience very exciting. Moss said she had to “geek” because she met the author who invented the fictional world she brought to life.
Additionally, Moss said Atwood was ultimately very happy with the show and the way he strayed from the book. After all, Moss wanted the show to be understandable to viewers unfamiliar with the book. Atwood was bowled over by her cameo but she loves Hulu The Handmaid’s Tale globally.
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