An online retailer faced harsh criticism over the "Yancy Brave Red Maiden Costume" which mimicked the garb worn by women in the "Handmaid's Tale". After facing public outcry the costume was removed. Along with its obvious visual reference to the popular TV series, the costume description was over the top "An upsetting dystopian future has emerged where women no longer have a say. However, we say be bold and speak your mind in this exclusive Brave Red Maiden costume."
In response to the outrage on social media, Yancy released this statement:
"Over the last few hours, it has become obvious that our 'Yandy Brave Red Maiden Costume' is being seen as a symbol of women's oppression, rather than an expression of women's empowerment. This is unfortunate, as it was not our intention on any level," the company said.
"Our initial inspiration to create the piece was through witnessing its use in recent months as a powerful protest image," Yandy added, apparently noting handmaid costume clad women at Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation hearing.