Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale, made waves earlier this week when she told Variety that she believed Star Wars might have inspired the 9/11 attacks. Yesterday she reiterated those comments….
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 Canadian author is being honored at the luncheon, and in a sit-down this week for the Power of Women issue, she 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.’”
When pressed, she elaborated, “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. Right after 9/11, they hired a bunch of Hollywood screenwriters to tell them how the story might go next. Sci-fi writers are very good at this stuff, anticipating future events. They don’t all come true, but there are interesting ‘what if’ scenarios.”
Watch a video of the interview at the link below.