SNL Nails How Men Would Really React in 'The Handmaid's Tale'

"I don't know if you've heard about this thing with the women. It sucks!"

Photo Credit: Screen Capture / NBC

There's something off with the women, but the men just can't put their finger on it. In this week's episode of "Saturday Night Live," host Chris Pine and castmates Mikey Day, Alex Moffat and Kyle Mooney play the bros who somehow went unmentioned in Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel about a patriarchal dystopia, The Handmaid's Tale, which is now making a comeback in a new Hulu series.

Dressed in red cloaks with blinder-like white wings for bonnets, the subjugated women, including main character Offred (Cecily Strong) and her companions (Sasheer Zamata, Aidy Bryant and Vanessa Bayer), shuffle and speak in hushed tones of a resistance, only to come upon the most politically ignorant young men imaginable.

"I think I actually read something about that... super busy with work lately," says the nonchalant bro played by Chris Pine when he learns of the women's plight—forced into biblical sex slavery, they've become carefully guarded property.

The sketch adds some much-needed humor to a very dark tale, but touches on the book's most frightening message: just how easily a society slips into horror when the privileged ignore the institutionalized suffering of others.



Jenny Pierson is a managing editor and assistant publisher at AlterNet.

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