‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Author Blames Star Wars, Not Islam, For 9/11 Attack

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” author Margaret Atwood made waves earlier this week when she told Variety that she believes “Star Wars” might have inspired the 9/11 attacks.

On Friday, when asked about those comments at Variety‘s Power of Women event in New York, Atwood stood by what she said, adding, “Flying a vehicle into a target to blow it up, okay. ‘Star Wars’ is fiction so he gets out but Japanese kamikaze pilots did the same thing, so it’s not a new thing and it’s not an original thought with me. I just thought people already knew that, but I guess some people are so young that they forgot about that.”

The author is being honored at the luncheon, and in a sit-down this week for the Power of Women issue, talked about how an opera of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” which premiered in Denmark in 2000, included a scene that showed the Twin Towers in New York blowing up. Atwood said that gave her “a creepy feeling,” but added the 9/11 terrorists “didn’t get that idea from my opera, don’t worry. They got the idea from ‘Star Wars.’”

Variety

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