These Celebrities Are Comparing the Alabama Abortion Bill to ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
Remember 2017? It was a (slightly) simpler time. There were fears, sure, and certain things had certainly begun to be put in motion. But overall, most of us still held onto some hope. One thing that brought us joy? The Hulu Original Series The Handmaid’s Tale had just premiered and, in addition to being incredible, it was a baffling world to imagine, one that most of us felt far removed from.
Fast-forward two years and bills are being steadily introduced that take away women’s rights. Among them is the recently passed Alabama law that, among other things, makes abortion illegal in all circumstances. Below are a number of celebrities who are fighting against it, and their arguments as to why this is driving us towards a future akin to that seen in The Handmaid’s Tale.
A snowman, some singers, and a Serenity star
Frozen voice actor Josh Gad is one of the few men to speak up against the bill. He focuses specifically on the amendment that rape and incest are not exceptions to the rule, and the unfathomable prison sentence attached, which he calls “disturbing.”
Paramore songstress Hayley Williams points out the lack of men participating in this conversation. It’s not just about people with uteruses — this affects us all.
Trans-erasure aside, Jewel Staite (who starred in the short-lived Fox series Firefly and its subsequent movie, Serenity), points out the sheer “insanity” of this bill, which not only does nothing to punish rapists, but actually makes the women who seek an abortion and the doctors that provide them more at risk for jail time than the man himself.
She may be one of the greatest performers of our time, but Barbra Streisand isn’t playing here. Streisand gets straight to the point: This GOP law is reminiscent of everything The Handmaid’s Tale has shown us up to this point.
Broadway and The Good Fight star Audra McDonald literally has “equality in her name (well, Twitter handle), so you know she means it when she chimes in. She retweeted a post that references the flashback scenes in The Handmaid‘s Tale, in which women like Elizabeth Moss’s June quickly realized what was happening, while the men refused to believe it was “that bad.”
Musical sensation Lizzo is blowing up right now, and amidst promoting her chart-topping hits, she’s made the time to weigh in on this issue. No one puts it quite as succinctly as she does, that’s for sure.
These comedians (and Lady Gaga) don’t find this law funny at all
Jon Cryer may have been one of Two and a Half Men, but he’s all about fighting for women. After all, as the hashtag says, #WomensRightsAreHumanRights.
As Patton Oswalt — a comedian/actor who has been on probably every show you’ve ever watched — points out (via Representative Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez) the law’s passing now depended on Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. Yup, it was up to a woman to decide not to pass this. And she failed.
You can always count on Gaga to lay her every opinion out there for all to see. The Oscar-winning A Star Is Born performer wrote about how those who rape will face no consequences under this bill, and utilized some choice hashtags to get her message seen.
Actress Busy Philipps has hosted her own talk show on E! for the last few months. Right after it was (unjustly) canceled, she opened up her show with a moving speech. Philipps told the audience that she had had an abortion, and how angered she is by these new laws. So she took to Twitter to get others to share their stories, in order to help normalize the medical procedure.
Chelsea Handler is a comedian who never backs down. Unsurprisingly, she has some big opinions on this issue too. Handler points out that those who support this bill are also among those who are neglecting the children and families seeking asylum at the U.S. border.
Finally, we end with comedian Sarah Silverman. She has always shown (both via social media, her standup, and her Hulu series I Love You, America) how important it is to her to speak up. Silverman notes that while men made this decision in Alabama, they’re not facing any consequences for their own role in causing pregnancies (unwanted or otherwise).