Elisabeth Moss in this week's 'Handmaid' sure sounded like FBI testimony about Scientology - 2017-05-19

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F347.png Elisabeth Moss in this week's 'Handmaid' sure sounded like FBI testimony about Scientology May 19, 2017, Tony Ortega, Underground Bunker

Numerous outlets have raised questions about actress Elisabeth Moss, a born-in Scientologist, playing the character Offred in the Hulu television series adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1985 novel The Handmaid's Tale, which portrays an oppressive near-future dystopia.

"It's ironic, isn't it?" cult expert Rick Ross told Newsweek recently, "that The Handmaid's Tale is often portrayed as a cult-like regime requiring endless devotion and control as a society, and yet Elisabeth Moss, a devoted Scientologist, is the star."

We thought that assessment and several others (Anna Merlan's was the first that we saw) raised the issue sufficiently, and we weren't going to weigh in. But then, this week, in the sixth episode of the series, Moss's character Offred gave such an ironic speech about the oppression she was living under, we couldn't let it pass without comment.


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