EgyptAir, the flag carrier airline for Egypt, seem to be taking their in-flight entertainment to a whole new (bizarre) level, as they’re now faking interviews with celebrity guests.
Political analyst Adam Baron was recently onboard an EgyptAir flight to the airlines’ hub – Cairo, where he came across an “interview” with Hollywood actress Drew Barrymore in EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine, Horus. He took photos of the ‘interview’ pages, highlighting the weirdness of certain “quotes”
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
The article, allegedly written by ‘Aida Tekla’ and full of grammar mistakes, writes that Barrymore has left the Hollywood scene to focus on her “crucial role” of being a mother.
The opening of the interview is, to be frank, weird and offensive. The opening paragraph states: “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 take an unlimited vacation to play her most crucial role as a mother.”
“I would only resume my career when I feel that my daughters can depend on themselves,” the actress is quoted as saying in EgyptAir’s magazine.
The article then takes the sexist, and offensive tone up a notch, stating: “It is known that Barrymore has had almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages” and that 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.”
“Ever since that time, she has been subconsciously seeking attention and care from a male figure; but unfortunately things do not always go as planned and she has not yet succeeded in any relationship for various reasons” the writer adds.
The writer even claims to tell the Hollywood Star “After your last delivery, you gained several kilograms. However today I see you have returned to your previous graceful body” to which they claim Drew “smiled” and replied “I feel overwhelmed when someone tells me that I have regained my image and managed to lose that extra weight”
Drew Barrymore’s ‘responses’ to ‘interview’ questions are outright strange too, such as “This is naturally reflected on women in the west who will not be satisfied unless they gain the rights they deserve to the society. This is especially true since women exert tremendous efforts that men are incapable of exerting due to their numerous commitments and obligations.”
While many processed the bizarre, and sexist nature of this so-called ‘interview’ they had just read — I decided to ask EgyptAir about the piece…
— Alex Macheras (@AlexInAir) October 2, 2018
It’s since gone viral, with many news agencies reaching out to EgyptAir for official comment, but so far – it seems the only official comment from the airline has been direct to me, on Twitter:
Dear sir, this a professional magazine interview conducted by Dr. Aida Tekla Former president of the HFPA (Hollywood Foreign Press Association) and one of the voting members of the Golden Globes.
— EGYPTAIR (@EGYPTAIR) October 3, 2018
A suspicious reply to a very suspicious ‘interview.’ Despite EgyptAir’s response, a spokesperson for Barrymore told US media that the actress “did not participate” in the interview, indicating the entire piece has been fabricated.
Twitter users are responding to the piece by calling out the airline for its ‘obviously fake’ interview.
This is super odd. EgyptAir’s magazine team fabricating an entire interview with a Hollywood star, that clearly pushes a ‘back to the kitchen’ agenda, is unacceptable and certainly won’t win the airline any positive brand awareness. Let’s wait and see which celebrity guest they have ‘lined up’ for next month…