Elisabeth Moss Elaborates On ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Being ‘A Human Story’

Actress Elisabeth Moss got some flack for saying “The Handmaid’s Tale” wasn’t “a feminist story.”

Moss, who is nominated for an Emmy for her role in the drama, made the statement at the Tribeca Film Festival in April. In a new interview with New York Times, Moss clarifies what she meant.

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“That was my mistake in the sense that I should have been much clearer,” she said. “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,” the 35-year-old continued. “I play a woman 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.”

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Moss’ statement was meant to reflect how “The Handmaid’s Tale” is “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.”

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has been renewed for a second season, expected to air in 2018.

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