Fans of Handmaid’s tale ‘denied’ by graphic and violent rape scene
CONTENT WARNING: This article deals with rape and includes a violent and graphic scene.
The all-new season of dystopian drama series The Handmaid’s Tale is there and while the show has a history of being gritty and scary, fans were bothered by the last episode and took to Twitter to say it wasn’t right for them.
In the episode, June (Elisabeth moss) is now free after escaping her life as a servant. She ends up crossing the border into Canada, where she reunites with her husband, Luke, after being separated for seven years.
During one scene, she rapes her husband after suffering shocking abuse herself for nearly a decade.
The Handmaid’s Tale Fans have since taken to social media to say the scene made them uncomfortable and some believe it should never have happened.
Can we talk about the toxicity of this sex scene between June and Luke like I don’t even have words for what I just saw #HandmaidsTale
– TTTA (TV to talk) (@ TV2TA) May 26, 2021
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Did they really think that watching a rape survivor in June rape her newly returned husband was a power move ??? i am so disgusted
– ???????????? (@glorifiedthot) May 27, 2021
not the rape scene #HandmaidsTale
– Nicki Minaj???????? (@Janellestanacc) May 28, 2021
Now why did June rape Luke like that… Girl what the whole fuck… #HandmaidsTale
– KB ???? (@Hi_KB_) May 29, 2021
The scene with June and Luke at the end of this episode doesn’t suit me ???? #HandmaidsTale
– kellz (@kellyperezzzz) May 27, 2021
I think the writers made a huge mistake putting this scene with Luke and June in the episode. Nobody wants to see June r @ pe her husband. #HandmaidsTale
– Joyyoncé (@Hierooglyphics) May 27, 2021
The only thing Luke did was take care of June and protect her, so June would turn around and traumatize him like that. I don’t blame him if he leaves her, he didn’t deserve this #handmaidstale pic.twitter.com/4SKpwCLx0t
– Denisha (@ItzD) May 26, 2021
Looked #HandmaidsTale last night and I have some thoughts: go ahead and give Elisabeth Moss all the prizes she can because her performance in last night’s episode made me cry – how could she do that to Luke ?! It was difficult to watch.
– VSG ✨ (@VictoriaSylvia) May 26, 2021
The Handmaid’s Tale dropped its scheduled fourth season late last month after nearly 20 months of hiatus, with production on the fourth season stalled for months due to the pandemic, like many other productions around the world.
The series is based on the 1985 novel by Margaret atwood and stars Emmy winner Elisabeth Moss as her hero.
New eps of The Handmaid’s Tale file weekly on the SBS application.
If you or someone you know is experiencing physical or sexual violence, calls can be made 24 hours a day to 1800 RESPECT (1800737732) to the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counseling Line or visit www.whiteribbon.org.au.