Star Wars, an unparalleled monolith, has had an immeasurable cultural impact. It has inspired the parody movie Spaceballs, so much Princess Leia cosplay, an unficial religion, and if you ask Margaret Atwood, 9/11. Wait, what?
Variety’s new interview with the author, titled “Margaret Atwood on How Donald Trump Helped ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’” starts out as most do with her: She dodges questions about whether her stories could be considered feminist, and in general, she gives relatively evasive answers. But then it gets weird. Toward the end the interview, Atwood brings up a pre-9/11 Danish opera The Handmaid’s Tale that started with a reel multiple buildings blowing up, including the Twin Towers. Totally creeped out by the coincidence, Atwood asks interviewer Ramin Setoodeh, “Does that give you a creepy feeling?” And then, this exchange happens:
Hmmmmmm. Anyway, here’s the best response: