EgyptAir Ran a Fake Interview With Drew Barrymore and It’s ‘Surreal’

Oct 3, 2018

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File this under one of the weirdest things you’ll ever read on a plane — or anywhere else.

EgyptAir, the Egyptian flag-carrier airline, suddenly found itself in hot water for publishing in its inflight magazine an interview with actress Drew Barrymore that is, uh, really something. It became an internet sensation when a political analyst, Adam Baron, tweeted about it Tuesday.

Celebrities appearing in in-flight magazines is nothing new — I mean, you need something to entertain yourself on long flights — but this one takes the cake for being completely offensive and bizarre. So offensive and bizarre, in fact, that many thought it could not be real.

Barrymore’s reps have said that she “did not participate” in the interview with the magazine, Horus, and that they are “working with the airline PR team.” Join me on this journey and let’s take a closer look at the bizarro interview, rife with weird sentences and misspellings.

EgyptAir: Despite being unstable in her relationships most of her life, despite the several unsuccessful marriages and despite the busy life of stardom that dominated her life for several years; the beautiful American Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore has recently decided to temporary [sic] take an unlimited vacation to play her most crucial role as a mother.

Never thought I’d see the words “unlimited vacation” and “mother” used in the same sentence, but here we are!

EgyptAir: It is known that Barrymore has had almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages; psychologists believe that her behavior is only natural since she lacked the male role model in her life after her parents’ divorce when she was only 9 years old.

Ah, yes. This isn’t sexist at all.

EgyptAir: A few years ago, after your last delivery, you gained several kilograms that even your fans accused you of being overweight and neglecting your health. However, today I see you have returned to your previous graceful body; what is your secret?

Barrymore: She replies smiling. “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, especially that it is not as hard as one may think; it is all about following the appropriate diet under the supervision of a physician.

Now, EgyptAir, I have some news for you that you might want to sit down for. You ready? Women gain weight after having kids, on account of, you know, having another person growing inside of them.

Let’s not forget to mention how they didn’t include a quotation mark at the end of the quote, and what in the world is that sentence structure in the first question? You’d think EgyptAir would be quick to shut something like this down and issue a statement — but that’s where you’d be wrong. The airline did issue a statement. But it’s a statement that says everything is 100% OK.

I mean, really, EgyptAir? You’re really going to go that route? Not a good look. That said, I, for one, would love to see them try this out with Chrissy Teigen in the next issue and watch the inevitable chaos that ensues…

TPG reached out to Golden Globes to ask Aida Takla, which is the actual spelling of the name of the person who according to Egyptair wrote the story, whether she did actually interview Barrymore or, as Barrymore’s camp says, the interview never happened. Takla did not immediately return our request for comment. 

Featured Image courtesy of Axelle/Bauer-Griffin / Getty Images.

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