Margaret Atwood Faces Backlash Over "Bad Feminist" Op-ed and #MeToo Comments

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Writing in the Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail, 'The Handmaid's Tale' author hit back at her critics and doubled down on her concerns about the #MeToo movement.

Margaret Atwood, the author of The Handmaid's Tale, is facing a backlash for an op-ed she wrote in a Canadian newspaper that reiterated her concerns about the #MeToo movement. 

Writing in the Globe and Mail, Atwood, 78, outlined her concerns regarding the #MeToo movement that has exposed so many prominent men as sexual predators, with the author fearing that it might overreach and override legal avenues and due process. 

"#MeToo moment is a symptom of a broken legal system. All too frequently, women and other sexual-abuse complainants couldn't get a fair hearing through institutions — including corporate structures — so they used a new tool: the internet. Stars fell from the skies. This has been very effective, and has been seen as a massive wake-up call. But what next?" Atwood asks. 

She added: "If the legal system is bypassed because it is seen as ineffectual, what will take its place? Who will be the new power brokers?"

Atwood also used the op-ed to explain why she signed an open letter last year calling for due process for a University of British Columbia professor facing allegations of sexual misconduct. Atwood's signing the letter was heavily criticized at the time. 

Atwood suggested her critics had deemed her a "bad feminist" for airing such concerns. 

The reaction to Atwood's op-ed was swift, with many calling the author out of touch with the moment as well as missing the point of the #MeToo movement. 

Atwood did have her defenders, however, with some users on Twitter applauding the author's belief in the notion of being innocent till proven guilty.

After relentless criticism, Atwood tweeted that she would be stepping away from social media for a while. In a tweet dripping with sarcasm, she said she was "taking a break from being Supreme Being Goddess, omniscient, omnipotent, and responsible for all ills."