Hulu's new TV show "The Handmaid's Tale," which is based on Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel, is extremely relevant in today's era of President Trump. The show portrays a dystopian future in which America's leadership has been replaced with a Christian fundamentalist regime that turns women into property and represses them into domestic servitude, including bearing children for the ruling class. As the show emphasizes what happens when civil liberties, especially women's rights, are threatened, as well as hatred for democratic institutions and ethnic and religious groups, it contains timely and relevant parallels with America under the Trump administration, asserts Sarah Gibson in Highsnobiety.
While the new TV show "The Handmaid's Tale" portrays a chilling future where a Christian theocracy has trampled on civil liberties, and women are repressed and suppressed, comparing it to the Trump era is farfetched, writes Kyle Smith in National Review. Yes, the show's story is downright unerring, adds Smith, but to claim that it relates to society today is absurd, as there are no public hangings today of gay men, priests, and abortionists or women walking around in scarlet robes for their sins, or government troops opening fire on protestors. If the show does have reminders of religous or cultural persecution, it doesn't reflect on Trump but on certain cultural groups in society.