The story of the bizarre Drew Barrymore “interview” that appeared in an EgyptAir in-flight magazine, and which Drew never gave, is getting even weirder, as the airline attempts to shift the blame to a third-party advertising agency.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Twitter user Adam Baron was flying to Cairo and, as one often does when on a long, boring flight, grabbed a copy of Horus, EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine, for something to read to pass the time. Therein he found an article that purported to be an interview with the Santa Clarita Diet actress. However, the article contained spelling and grammatical errors, clunky sentence construction, and statements that Drew would likely never make.
“I feel overwhelmed when someone tells me that I have regained my image and managed to lose that extra weight, especially that I felt depressed due to the significant increase in my weight after delivering Frankie. However, I find this a great opportunity to encourage every woman who is overweight to work on regaining her beauty and body.”
The article also spoke of Drew’s supposed issues stemming from her parents’ divorce and the lack of a positive male role model in her life.
Long story short: By all accounts, the “interview” appears to have been completely made up. And made up by somebody who a) knows little to nothing about Drew Barrymore; b) was trying to advance some sort of patriarchal agenda using Drew as a prop.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) October 9, 2018
Baron posted pictures of the article on Twitter, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Drew, for her part, hasn’t publicly responded to the whole debacle, but her publicist says that Barrymore “did not participate” in the interview. EgyptAir, however, last week insisted that it “stands by” the supposed interview.
Now, however, as Yahoo News reports, the African airline is trying to shift the blame to the Al-Ahram advertising agency, which the airline says is “totally responsible” for the magazine’s editorial content.
And as it turns out, the advertising agency is, in fact, taking responsibility for the mistake. Sort of.
In a statement, the agency says that the article’s introductory paragraphs were not written by the interviewer Aida Tekla, saying the article was “a product of the editor’s creativity.” It still remains a matter of dispute whether or not Tekla interviewed Drew at all, however. And in another statement, the agency apologized for getting Barrymore dragged into this.
“We apologize for any misunderstanding that might be interpreted as an offence to the great artist.”
And as for the spelling and grammatical mistakes and clunky sentence construction, it turns out that Horus has articles in both Arabic and English, but its English articles are generally poorly-translated from Arabic.