'Handmaid's Tale'-themed wedding photo sparks outrage on social media

A wedding photo depicting a scene from the Hulu series "The Handmaid's Tale" has triggered backlash online from some who say the image is insensitive and misses the point of the show.

However, the photographer said that's the point.

The image, taken in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada, shows newlyweds Kendra and Torsten in front of the filming location for the "hanging wall," which is a site of morbid corporal punishment where bodies of those who have committed a crime in the ultra-religious state of Gilead, a sort of dystopian future America in the show and book of the same name by Margaret Atwood, are hung. Handmaids dressed in red from the show were photoshopped into the picture.

Van Daele and Russell Photography

Kendra and Torsten, who have not made public their last name, declined to comment on the image.

However, Shawn Van Daele, of Van Daele & Russell Photography, said the response to the photo is exactly what he'd hoped for.

In an email to NBC News, Van Daele said both he and the couple are huge fans of the show and book, and said he's happy the photo has gone viral, hoping it will "wake people up to how they too contribute to the oppression and hatred that they're rightfully worked up over."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 19: The cast of "The Handmaid's Tale" attend the premiere of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" Season 2 at TCL Chinese Theatre on April 19, 2018 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Phillip Faraone/Getty Images for Hulu)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The Cast of 'The Handmaids Tale', recipients of the Best Drama Series award, pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The cast of 'The Handmaids Tale' poses with the award for Best Drama Series in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: Cast and crew of 'The Handmaid's Tale', winners of Best Drama Series, attend The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for The Critics' Choice Awards )
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The cast of 'The Handmaids Tale' poses with the award for Best Drama Series in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JANUARY 11: The Cast and Crew of 'The Handmaids Tale', recipients of the Best Drama Series award, pose in the press room during The 23rd Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
TOPSHOT - The cast of 'The Handmaid's Tale' pose with the trophy for Best Television Series - Drama during the 75th Golden Globe Awards on January 7, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. / AFP PHOTO / Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Actors Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, and Alexis Bledel, winners of the award for Outstanding Drama Series for 'The Handmaid's Tale,' pose in the press room attend the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Elisabeth Moss and the cast and crew of The Handmaid's Tale pose in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Actors Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, and Alexis Bledel, winners of the award for Outstanding Drama Series for 'The Handmaid's Tale,' pose in the press room attend the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Elisabeth Moss and the cast and crew of The Handmaid's Tale pose in the press room at the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: The cast of 'The Handmaid's Tale' pose with their awards for Outstanding Drama Series at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Dan MacMedan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: (L-R) Actors Ann Dowd, Elisabeth Moss, and Alexis Bledel, winners of the award for Outstanding Drama Series for 'The Handmaid's Tale,' pose in the press room attend the 69th annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Cast and crew of 'The Handmaid's Tale' accept the Outstanding Drama Series award onstage during the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater on September 17, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
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"Everyone is talking about this issue now, rather than binging on a television series and then not doing ANYTHING about what they’re SO worked up over until the next season comes out in the spring," Van Daele said. "What’s sad is that the oppression and hatred, the division, fear and breakdown of HUMANITY & COMPASSION is being perpetuated in every one of these comments."

Van Daele said the couple "are no strangers to many of the subplots of oppression, violence, and inequality that run through Margaret’s brilliant work."

"What’s sad is that everyone is REACTING exactly as expected — just like in Gilead — and missing the opportunity to think for themselves, to educate themselves and become ENGAGED ACTIVISTS instead of simply keyboard warriors," he added.

Van Daele said he hopes the image will inspire more people to join in protests like women's marches, the fight for equal rights and "so many other important causes, instead of sitting here scrolling through Instagram."

But on Facebook, commenters seemed unmoved by Van Daele's explanation.

"Bold of you to assume that none of us are active in our communities or doing anything to affect change. Perhaps THAT'S one of the many reasons this is offensive. What are y'all doing besides being edgelords?Also...this photoshop is B A D," one person wrote.

Another added, "How did no one think this was a terrible idea?"

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