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If you were looking for a real-life incarnation of Hulu hit The Handmaid’s Tale, the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing involving Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford on Thursday might have been the perfect parallel.
The Handmaid’s Tale, based on the 1985 novel of the same name, is a dystopian tale in which women’s rights have disappeared into a haze and where a class of women, called handmaids, are ritually raped and impregnated. Women in the show are second-class citizens, and after the 2016 presidential election, many pointed out that it’s perhaps more relevant than the creators ever could have imagined.
During Thursday’s hearing, a tweet from Aaron Fullerton made the comparison even more creepy—and for many, even more real.
One of these is from today’s hearing. The other is a still from The Handmaid’s Tale. pic.twitter.com/SXJ3d8XqAH— Aaron Fullerton (@AaronFullerton) September 27, 2018
In case you’re having trouble figuring out which photo is from Thursday’s hearing and which is from The Handmaid’s Tale, the top image—picturing, from left to right, Republican senators John Kennedy, Jeff Flake (who had his own problems on Friday), Ben Sasse, Ted Cruz, and Michael Lee—is from the Senate.
Twitter users, though, weren’t fooled.
unfortunately the zodiac killer being in one of these pictures is a dead giveaway— Colin McInerney (@ColinMcInerror) September 27, 2018
If people are going to copy books and movies like this (we're all being forced to enact 1984 as well), probably high time for some new books and movies, with some better futures in them.— Dancer in the Void (@Cabbidges) September 28, 2018
Why is Ted Cruz on both panels?!?— Scott Bass (@ScottiWanKenobi) September 28, 2018
Actual same person pic.twitter.com/G6Y6Nq6KzG— Rae Master (@DesignSellout) September 28, 2018
Remember when the Handmaid’s Tale was fictional? #KavanaughHearings— Savannah Rayne (@savannnaaahhh) September 27, 2018
Fullerton wasn’t the only one to notice the similarities.
A snapshot from today's Senate hearing / a scene from The Handmaid's Tale: pic.twitter.com/QLz68Xmisq— Hamza Shaban (@hshaban) September 27, 2018
Some Twitter users also mentioned that Rachel Mitchell, the Arizona prosecutor hired by the Republicans to question Ford, reminded them of Aunt Lydia, the character on The Handmaid’s Tale that works in the re-education school that teaches women how to be handmaids.
Rachel Mitchell - the GOP's very own Aunt Lydia pic.twitter.com/bZZQn5149D— Claudia Lamb (@ClaudiaLamb) September 27, 2018
I've gotta admit, unveiling this new casting of Aunt Lydia in the middle of these hearings was an inspired choice.— Greg Greene (@ggreeneva) September 27, 2018
The third season of The Handmaid’s Tale has already been announced. It seems the show’s the writers are really going to have rack their brains to come up with a storyline as chaotic as the scene from the Senate on Thursday.
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.