August 26, 2015

Margaret Atwood is an irrelevant attention hound, not a free speech martyr

Ezra LevantRebel Commander

Did you know that almost 60% of Margaret Atwood's nearly 900,000 Twitter followers are fake? Can you even remember the last time one of her novels was a bestseller?

Her most famous book, The Handmaid's Tale, satirized a fictional Christian theocracy instead of a real life Muslim one like Iran's. She didn't have the courage to speak the truth.

The point is: To most of us, Margaret Atwood is irrelevant.

Yet Canada's media elite still seeks out her opinion on political matters.

She recently wrote a column for the National Post making fun of Stephen Harper's... hair. (Doesn't she own a mirror?)

Anyhow, her article was pulled from the website.

Atwood immediately presented herself as a victim of "rightwing" censorship to her (real) Twitter followers.

Except the Post put her column back up after a few hours.

So what happened? If you compare both versions, you'll see that the Post had had to correct some factual errors she'd made in her original column.


For a brief time, Atwood got to feel like a martyr, and other members of the Canadian establishment egged her on.

The whole tempest in a teapot illustrates just how insular and shallow they all are.



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commented 2015-09-09 14:54:23 -0400
I feel that I have been greatly enriched by not reading any of her books.
commented 2015-08-29 20:17:28 -0400
Ezra, you make very good points but I think the comments about her books not being best sellers are below the belt. Saying that does not help your case; it antagonizes people who might otherwise agree with you
commented 2015-08-28 18:15:28 -0400
Totally agree, Ezra on all points.
commented 2015-08-27 20:30:36 -0400

I am not a bigot – but since you think I am, I am glad that you are going ignore me now and focus on people that automatically agree with you.
commented 2015-08-27 20:25:10 -0400

I am not hiding. I don’t owe you anything – I will get around to that thread again when I feel like it. Maybe you should stop waiting for me and enjoy the day doing something else like I am doing
commented 2015-08-27 18:23:47 -0400
Margaret Atwood has always thought of herself as a victim even when I met her at the U of Alberta in the early 1970’s when I was a grad student there. Somehow the Canada Council publishing grants etc didn’t count in her victim mythology. Like all others worshippers at the shrine of victimhood, she thinks that being a victim is somehow a virtue and gives victims an higher moral status. This belief is non-sense because moral status can only be earned by doing something moral and by taking moral action.
commented 2015-08-27 18:01:07 -0400
Hey Jimmy why are you hiding over here on this link… Why don’t you answer my questions on the other link.
commented 2015-08-27 17:10:51 -0400
Rae. It seems someone did not like your youtube reference and has had it removed…….
commented 2015-08-27 17:05:27 -0400
Jimmy take a long walk off a short pier. I don’t like talking to bigots.
commented 2015-08-27 17:03:49 -0400
Jimmy is a bigot.
commented 2015-08-27 17:01:15 -0400
Aside from a few on this site who do have the courage to call out Islam and disparity, the “official” feminist movement appears to be nothing more than another lefty cabal with H.D.S.! Editing? So what? The odd time I have had a letter to the editor edited or corrected because of some inaccuracy I may have overlooked. No big deal! I have actually written back to thank them!
commented 2015-08-27 16:33:07 -0400
If you love people like Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, Michelle Bachmann and Allen West – congratulations you are an extremist conservative.
commented 2015-08-27 16:23:19 -0400

Caps also used to emphasise a point. How could you confuse TO YOU as being anger. There, you learned something new today.
commented 2015-08-27 16:18:28 -0400

You can’t complain about the MSM and want them to be fair and balanced and not want the same thing from The Rebel – they need to be called out on their bullshit too. So you should want a liberal here, because then you can say – well at least The Rebel is fair and balanced unlike The Toronto Star.
commented 2015-08-27 14:35:52 -0400
I couldn’t figure out whether to comment, ‘Margret who?’, or, ‘Get rid of the fright wig…’. Oh – there we go…
commented 2015-08-27 13:38:23 -0400
Great take on Atwood’s episode “Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow”. (I used the quotes to indicate that this is a title that I have given to the episode.)
Jimmy: Why would we want Liberals on the Rebel? We hear enough from Liberals through the mainstream media. I like this site exactly as it is because it provides me (tongue-in-cheek) a biased view of the right side of the political spectrum.
Richard: You certainly are “Out to Lunch” (high school paper) when it comes to attempting to dissuade die-hard Conservative voters.
commented 2015-08-27 12:48:14 -0400
No such animal as a red conservative in my opinion. It is simply a Liberal in denial.
commented 2015-08-27 12:27:17 -0400
You know when a lefty praises/approves of a conservative, that conservative is a red conservative, which is to say not a real conservative at all. And those that are blue conservatives are always considered by the lefties to be extremist right wingers.

So, my conservative friends, if you believe in true conservative values, you are automatically an extremist … as far as the lefties are concerned. This is why some left leaning people that post here think that the CBC actually has conservatives as on-air personalities, because they are the “red” conservatives, the only conservatives of which the lefties approve. I don’t know about anyone else here, but last thing I would want to be is a “lefty approved” conservative. The only one I might exempt from that CBC red tory list might be Rex Murphy.

Just an observation.
commented 2015-08-27 12:24:39 -0400
meh, flagging career and waning fame – time for a showy stunt – P.T. Barnum smiles knowingly somewhere.
commented 2015-08-27 12:10:09 -0400
JIMMY DA SILVA, tells me that he is sure if this column “was about Justin Trudeau you would have loved it”, which reveals a lot about how a lefty (one of Lenin’s “useful idiots”) thinks. Even though it is a shallow ridiculous column, JIMMY loves it (as lefty, he has to love it) because it attacks Stephen Harper. A real irritantant is someone presuming to know, sure as to what I think.
commented 2015-08-27 11:20:35 -0400
It is still considered yelling if you use caps in a particular way and Jimmy did just that. I am not going to argue with you over semantics Joan, because you know that context makes all the difference.
commented 2015-08-27 11:10:48 -0400
Hyacinth – Caps don’t necessarily mean yelling any more. Because tablet keyboards don’t have italics – at least mine doesn’t – if one wants to emphasize or highlight something, one uses caps.

Your name is always in caps. That doesn’t indicate some permanently hit nerve that makes you constantly yell your name … does it?

We must evaluate the use of caps in context. When someone capitalizes only one or two words in multiple paragraphs, s/he likely does so for emphasis not out of some apoplectic fit.
commented 2015-08-27 10:21:42 -0400
Simple answer Jimmy, using capital letters is “yelling” when you are blogging. Ergo caps equate that your feathers were ruffled.
By the way you are not right but left. Ha, sorry couldn’t resist that one.
Seriously though you still have not proven that you are correct.
commented 2015-08-27 09:55:59 -0400
Peter Netterville – I second that, definitely not Richard. He is so far left, that his chair is about to topple over from the weight of all of that left wing fantasy ideology!
commented 2015-08-27 09:32:12 -0400

Um, how exactly does my response in any way convey that you hit a nerve?

Is this your way of dodging the fact that I am right?
commented 2015-08-27 09:29:07 -0400
Thanks Ezra, seeing a picture of the ugly old libtard hack, first thing in the morning, has really ruined my breakfast. Have a heart, eh.
commented 2015-08-27 09:20:51 -0400
Wow Jimmy, did I hit a nerve?
commented 2015-08-27 08:25:56 -0400

Sorry that I like to hear from a conservative who is capable of being critical and objective about The Rebel or Stephen Harper or the conservative party.
commented 2015-08-27 08:20:46 -0400

It’s a grain of truth or outright lies TO YOU, because you are a conservative and right from the get go – you have this mentality that conservatives are the good guys and liberals are the bad guys in this movie we are living in called life.

Even when the Toronto Star was 100% right about Rob Ford – Ford Nation retards were still saying it can’t be true – because it’s the Toronto Star and they just make shit up. It’s the MSM that just want to take down Rob Ford. Conservatives were ignoring the undeniable facts, because they have bought into this whole Sarah Palin “lamestream media” idiocy.