Social media abuzz over disappearing Atwood column poking fun at Stephen Harper

By on August 23, 2015


Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Facebook photo)
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper (Facebook photo)

TORONTO — The National Post has apparently removed a column by Margaret Atwood that pokes fun at Stephen Harper’s hair, prompting many to criticize the newspaper on social media.

Hundreds of posts on Twitter accused the Post of censorship of the prominent Canadian author.

Atwood’s tongue-in-cheek column, available through a Google cache search, jokes about Harper’s hair and criticizes Conservative attack ads for attempting to demean Justin Trudeau with the phrase, “Nice hair, Justin.”

Atwood tweeted the National Post on Friday afternoon asking if she had been censored for what she called a “flighty little caper on hair,” drawing hundreds of retweets and responses.

The column was posted shortly before 2 p.m., but was unavailable on the Post’s website barely an hour later.

The hashtag #hairgate began trending nationally on Twitter by evening as users questioned why the newspaper’s website would remove a humorous column related to the federal election campaigns, particularly one written by a prominent Canadian writer.

The editor-in-chief of the National Post did not immediately return a request for comment Friday evening.