Actor Elisabeth Moss, who faced backlash for calling dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” “not a feminist story”, has clarified her stance.
The 35-year-old actor said she regretted her choice of words about the show, which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 classic, reported The New York Times.
“That was my mistake in the sense that I should have been much clearer. What I should have said is that it is not only a feminist story but it is also a human story. Obviously it is first and foremost a feminist story.
“I play a woman (Offred) who has had her child and her family taken away from her, and all of her rights as a woman stripped and who is essentially a prisoner. But I was trying to say that it was also a human story in the sense that there are other groups other races, colours and creeds who are punished and maligned and are not given the right to be heard as well,” Moss said.
The actor had raked up a storm when she said she “never intended to play Offred as a feminist” at its Tribeca Film Festival premiere this year.
Atwood defended Moss’ comments, saying the actress was “Not wordfolk”.