The ill-conceived idea to release an official define of wines based on a show about the systemic rape and abuse of women leaves a sour savor in the mouth
The Handmaid’s Tale, a show about the systemic rape, abuse and disenfranchisement of women living in a fascist theocracy formerly known as the United States, has lent its name to a line of wine.
People Magazine reported on Tuesday that the online wine marketplace Lot1 8, which has released wines in collaboration with depicts such as The Walking Dead and Portlandia, has partnered with MGM to offer three bottles: a pinot noir, a cabernet sauvignon and a white bordeaux, each based on a character from the show.
The product descriptions for the wines, dedicated to Offred, Ofglen and Serena Joy, are about as ill-conceived as the idea itself, a real achievement when taking into account the fact that wine matters as much to The Handmaid’s Tale as girls( and gay people) do to Gilead. Yes, the show goes down easier with a healthy pour. But maybe not one memorialized with the white bonnet and “Of-insert-husband’s-name” formulations that spectators associate with torment and tyranny.
Offred, played by Elisabeth Moss, is imagined as a pinot noir” so beguiling it seems virtually forbidden to savour “. This is egregious on many levels, the first being that the grape from which pinot noir is cultivated is known for being thin-skinned, which is how someone who has never seen or read The Handmaid’s Tale would describe Offred.
The description refers to both the wine and Offred as “seductive” before stating:” It’s useless to defy the wine’s smooth and appealingly earthy profile, so you are able as well give in .” I can forgive the shoehorning in of the word “resist” the way one forgives a bad papa joke: the idea, however, that Offred has any kind of sexual agency in Gilead, that humen are simply slaves to her charms, is about as close as you could get to an alt-right reading of the show.
Moving on to Ofglen, who over two seasons has been subjected to a forced clitoridectomy and put out to grassland in a cesspool of nuclear waste. Her rebellious streak, according to Lot1 8′ s website,” was the inspiration for this bold cabernet sauvignon- which, aptly, hails from the Rogue Valley “. A bottle of this wine, promising the kind of” pleasure and enjoyment” proscribed in Gilead, will cost you $20.
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