EgyptAir apparently wants to wash its hands of a “bizarre” article that was purportedly based on an interview with actress Drew Barrymore that ran in the airline’s in-flight magazine.
The AP reports that the airline is blaming an ad agency for the mess.
“The airline, in a statement late Monday, said it has an agreement with Al-Ahram advertising agency, which edits articles and interviews for the Egyptian carrier’s in-flight magazine, Horus,” the AP reports. “According to EgyptAir, the agency is ‘totally responsible’ for the magazine’s editorial content.”
The article, which the AP reports is riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors, describes Barrymore as “being unstable in her relationships,” among numerous odd statements.
“A separate statement by the advertising agency said the introductory paragraphs of the purported interview were not written by the interviewer, Aida Tekla,” the AP reports, quoting the agency saying: “It is a product of the editor’s creativity.”
The agency reportedly said it would investigate whether the lead of the interview reflected what Barrymore actually said, but U.S. media reports have quoted Barrymore’s reps denying the interview took place.
Tekla reportedly wrote in the article: “It is known that Barrymore 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.”
The article also quotes Barrymore allegedly saying that in the West, “Women exert tremendous efforts that men are incapable of exerting due to their numerous commitments and obligations.”
The AP notes that the EgyptAir magazine has both Arabic and English sections, “but translations are often poor and English-language articles are filled with errors.”