A presumably fake interview with actress Drew Barrymore went viral last week when a political analyst called Adam Baron posted the photo of the article on Twitter.
Published in the EgyptAir’s inflight magazine named Horus, it quickly drew attention and sparked quite a furore with many even questioning the veracity of the interview.
Not only was the piece incredibly offensive, it was strewn with grammatical errors and dubious-sounding quotes.
This was the tweet that made the interview go VIRAL
This interview with Drew Barrymore in the Egypt Air in flight magazine is, umm, surreal. pic.twitter.com/fN3lNHXbL0
— Adam Baron (@adammbaron) October 2, 2018
Following which a spokesperson from Barrymore’s team told HuffPost that she “did not participate” in the interview and “that her team is working with the airline PR team.”
A week since it sparked an online debate, EgyptAir, in a statement, said it has an agreement with Al-Ahram advertising agency, which is responsible for interviews and article edits for Horus.
According to the airline, the agency is “totally responsible” for the magazine’s content.
The editor-in-chief of Horus magazine and the head of Ahram advertising agency released a letter informing that the problem arose in the translation of the interview from English to Arabic and back again.
“We apologise for any misunderstanding that might be interpreted as an offence to the great artist,” they wrote.
They also said that the offensive introduction of the interview, which referred to Barrymore as “unstable in her relationships,” wasn’t written by interviewer, Aida Tekla.
This is the author who referred to the actress as ‘Drew Barrimoor’ in a tweet
This doesn’t negate the fact that the interview with Drew Barrimoor which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake.
As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented.@EGYPTAIR
— Aida (@Aidatakla1) October 3, 2018
“This is very weird”- that alone sums up this entire fiasco
Why did you spell her name wrong? That’s very weird.
— EJ Scott (@ejscott) October 3, 2018