Jun. 12--Kylie Jenner's "Handmaid's Tale"-themed party has landed her in hot water with her followers -- and now cast member Bradley Whitford is adding his voice to the chorus of critics.

The "West Wing" alumnus, who plays the head of Elisabeth Moss' new household on the Hulu drama, says turning a show about a totalitarian state that forces women to bear children for the ruling elite into a birthday party theme "seems a little tacky."

Whitford, 59, made the comment during a visit to CBS "The Talk" on Tuesday, telling the hosts, "You know, that costume is so kind of iconic, and it's interesting how it's changed from initially a sort of symbol of oppression to now, as the show is moving ahead, to a symbol of resistance. So, yeah, a cocktail party seems to sort of dash all that significance."

In fact, the costume is so iconic that it's often worn by women protesting restrictive abortion laws across the country.

Jenner's intimate June 8 bash -- attended by the likes of Scott Disick's girlfriend, Sofia Richie -- clad female guests in the signature red cloaks and white bonnets of the handmaids and its waitstaff and in the grey garb of the "Marthas," the show's domestic workers. Bartenders served cocktails like "Praise Be Vodka" and "Under His Eye Tequila."

Jenner's Instagram Story showed herself referring to a male guest as Commander, the titles for male heads of household on the show. Female guests had the word "of" added in front of their names, in keeping with the practices of the fictional country of Gilead, which renames women of childbearing age to show they are property of the commanders.

For instance, after star Elisabeth Moss' character June moves from Fred Waterford's (Joseph Fiennes) home to that of Joseph Lawrence (Whitford), her name changes from Offred to Ofjoseph.

"Welcome to Gilead," Jenner quipped in a social media video.

After the party video went viral, fans slammed the 21-year-old cosmetics billionaire for turning a show that depicts rape and oppression into a laughing matter, describing the party as "tone deaf" and "disturbing."

@Anamgom tweeted, "Kylie Jenner throwing her friend a Handmaid's Tale themed birthday party complete with robes, Gilead flags ... is so tone deaf, at any time, but especially when women's rights and autonomy are particularly under attack. Disheartening."

"Wait so... Kylie threw a #HandmaidsTale party and got dressed as a handmaid," user @QveenMai tweeted. "Does anyone wanna tell her that handmaids are literally raped, stripped of their freedom and treated as cattle?"

Jenner has not addressed the backlash publicly. USA TODAY reached out to her rep for comment. ___

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