EgyptAir's Fake Drew Barrymore Interview Will Be Investigated by HFPA
If you haven’t heard, EgyptAir is in some hot water after running a very questionable interview with Drew Barrymore in its in-flight magazine, Horus. Barrymore claims that the interview, which is choc full of sexist anecdotes and presumptions about her love life, never happened.
In a tweet defending the validity of the article, EgyptAir said that the interview was "conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla-O'Reilly, former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes."
The HFPA has launched a full investigation in response, concerned that there may be repercussions after the airline's questionable interview. The non-profit has been working to regain some credibility in the past years, and has allegedly taken measures to clean up their reputation, according to a Vanity Fair report.
An official statement obtained by Vanity Fair noted “Ms. Barrymore has been interviewed by H.F.P.A. members many times and we always appreciate her willingness to speak to us. As an organization comprised of journalists, the H.F.P.A. expects its members to uphold the highest degree of integrity in their journalistic activities. Based on our preliminary investigation, we understand that parts of the article in question were not written by Dr. Takla-O’Reilly and that other portions of the article may have come from other sources. We regret any distress caused to Ms. Barrymore by this article.”
Takla-O'Reilly says she has been a member of HFPA since 1956, and also says she has interviewed celebrities for EgyptAir's magazine several times.
"This doesn’t negate the fact that the interview with Drew Barrimoor [sic] which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake," Takla-O'Reilly said on Twitter, according to Vanity Fair. "As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented."
Despite adamant attempts by the HFPA, the completely bizarre, and what appears to be a poorly translated interview with Barrymore will undoubtedly cause some setbacks for the organization.