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Author Margaret Atwood says 9/11 terrorists got the idea from 'Star Wars'

Margaret Atwood, Canadian author of 1985’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” is one of the honorees at Variety’s Power of Women luncheon this weekend, and the magazine published a lengthy interview with her Tuesday.


Atwood covered a lot of ground in the interview, including the impact of Hulu’s TV adaptation of “The Handmaid’s Tale” now that Donald Trump has been elected president. (Surprisingly, she says Trump’s election is “not the end of the world.”)

However, Variety decided the best pull quote for clicks was one in which Atwood claims the 9/11 hijackers got the idea from “Star Wars.”

“Remember the first one? Two guys fly a plane in the middle of something and blow that up? The only difference is, in ‘Star Wars,’ they get away,” she says.

The interviewer even asks, “Do you really believe that?”



Paul has a point — there’s plenty more to the interview that’s slightly less, um, controversial, such as Atwood’s take on Hillary Clinton citing “The Handmaid’s Tale” in a speech for Planned Parenthood:

It’s true that if people are that keen on babies, they should support women who are having them. If governments are that keen on them, do you think it’s fair to force them to have babies, provide no healthcare, provide no hospital care? I don’t think those people are serious about babies at all.

Variety probably didn’t use that as a pull quote for their tweet because it never struck them as controversial.


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