Alyssa Milano protests Kavanaugh in ‘Handmaid’s Tale’ costume
Actress and activist Alyssa Milano on Sunday shared a photo of her dressed up like one of the characters in “The Handmaid’s Tale” to protest President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.
Milano posted the picture of herself in the signature red cloak and white hat associated with handmaids, the oppressed women from Margaret Atwood’s 1987 novel and hit Hulu television show.
#RiseUpForRoe #WeAreNotProperty #StopKavanaugh pic.twitter.com/dBvywg8ECm
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) August 19, 2018
“Never Kavanaugh, Never Gilead,” Milano’s sign read, referencing the dystopian nation that has overtaken the U.S., in which women have been stripped of reproductive autonomy.
The costume has become a popular form of protest among activists supporting women’s reproductive rights.
Critics of the Trump administration have drawn comparisons between the fictional regime running Gilead and the administration’s rhetoric on abortion, LGBTQ rights and religious freedom.
Atwood said earlier this year that the U.S. was becoming more “Gilead-like” under Trump.
Milano is in Phoenix participating in the Rise Up for Roe tour, named in honor of the landmark Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion.
The 10-city, 14-day coast-to-coast tour is organized to “call out the threat to the constitutional right to safe, legal abortion that Kavanaugh’s nomination poses to women across the country,” a press release said.
The group is teaming up with the Demand Justice Initiative, NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund.
Abortion rights groups fear that Kavanaugh could take a more conservative stance on abortion than the justice he is replacing, Anthony Kennedy.
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