Margaret Atwood is an irrelevant attention hound, not a free speech martyr #elxn42

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?

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  • Petey the First

    Most of the Canadian activists are at their heart about look – at – me, look – at – me. David Suzuki, Naomi Klein, Cory Doctorow. It just goes on.

    In my gut I know I couldn’t stand to be around any of them.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Nor could I.

  • Margaret who?

    • Justin St.Denis

      Most under-50s share your confusion. Don’t worry about it. It’s really not important.

  • Justin St.Denis

    Atwood is a writer, and not a very good one. Her books can’t be named because they are simply unmemorable. THE HANDMAID’S TALE would hardly be nearly as well known if it hadn’t been turned into a (very dull) Hollywood movie. Atwood enjoys luck, not talent. Time will prove me right in this one.

    Now, Robertson Davies is a whole different story………

    • Petey the First

      And Alice Munro. I love her stories.

      • Justin St.Denis

        And Mavis Gallant, whom I had the honour of sitting beside on a Paris-to-Toronto flight about a decade before her death. Truly a genius of the short story. Gallant is incomparable.

        • Petey the First

          Thanks! I will definitely check out her work.

    • mauser 98

      Atwood is world famous…south of Bloor St. to the lake

  • G

    Fake Twitter followers! That’s hilarious! I hadn’t even considered that!
    For Pete’s sake, how friggin needy do you have to be to do something like that?

  • mauser 98

    ………Barry & Hill also

    Barack Obama is political king of the fake Twitter followers, with more than 19.5 million online fans who don’t really exist
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2430875/Barack-Obama-19-5m-fake-Twitter-followers.html#ixzz3k1MjqfnK

    Hillary Rodham Clinton, has been exposed
    for having more than 2 million fake followers on Twitter or her
    followers never Tweet. And it gets worse, she’s buying fake Facebook
    fans.
    http://freedomoutpost.com/2015/04/hillarys-twitter-account-is-just-as-fake-as-barack-obamas-so-is-her-campaign/#ul3qBsf7iVmBmyxW.99

  • John

    I have never, in my entire life, ever bought an Atwood book or even read one from cover to cover.

    I’d rather watch the grass grow.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Watching grass grow is THRILLING compared to reading an Atwood novel published after 1980.

  • BillyHW

    Atwood is a geriatric cunt.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Graeme Gibson should know. I believe they still cohabit. Or maybe he’s dead. Who knows? Even fewer care…

  • Ed

    I can see why she’d be scandalized that anyone would spend money on their hair. She clearly doesn’t.

    • Justin St.Denis

      Ha!

  • David Murrell

    Great piece by Ezra, attacking the left-wing political/arts/media establishment, and their laughably hypocrisy. I particularly like Ezra’s depiction of turncoat Jonathan Kay in all of this — where his “Walrus” publication posting Atwood’s mindless rant, and retelling of Kay’s ghostwriting Trudeau’s autobiography. Hilarious.