Adam Baron, a writer and political analyst, was on an EgyptAir flight when he flipped to an interview with Drew Barrymore in their in-flight magazine, Horus. It became quickly apparent that something fishy was going on.
He took shots of some of the more, shall we say, interesting pieces.
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 by Aida Tekla claims that Barrymore has left the spotlight to focus on her most “crucial role” yet: motherhood.
The interview begins with this wildly offensive paragraph:
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.
It goes on:
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. 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.
Many of Barrymore’s supposed answers were just as implausible.
Answering a question about the status of women, Barrymore supposedly says:
I cannot deny that women made a great achievement over [the] past century, there is significant progress recorded by people who study women status throughout history.
She supposedly goes on:
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.
And then, in response to a question about her weight, Barrymore supposedly says:
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 determination and following the appropriate diet under the supervision of a physician.
People thought the whole article was pretty rude.
This is the MOST DISRESPECTFUL INTRO…she gotta pull a Cardi and fight this author at the next party
— BIGdaddyMel (@Bigboysplash) October 2, 2018
Come on guys, all she needed was a strong male role model! pic.twitter.com/mr3EjQXi6P
— Stephanie (@stephaniebee33) October 3, 2018
The opening blurb is utterly bizarre.
— Robert Ayers (@raabdeej) October 2, 2018
Wow. I’m guessing Drew didn’t ok this intro. How was this pitched? “Everyone at Egypt Air is a big fan of your work, Ms Barrymore. Your life choices, not so much.” It’s like they had a grudge against her and all women who go through this thing called life.
— Jeff Finkle (@JahFinkle) October 2, 2018
Others quickly pointed out how unlikely it was that this interview was legit.
Huh. I did not realize until this helpful article that Drew is not a native English speaker.
— Anne Irwin Scott (@anneirwinscott) October 2, 2018
Who did this, Borat?
— Alejo Schapire (@aschapire) October 2, 2018
nothing says native speaker like “previous graceful body”
— Brian Fairley (@brianrfairley) October 2, 2018
The questions and answers seem to have the same voice….
— Matthew Teague (@MatthewTeague) October 3, 2018
Not often you read an interview where the questioner and the subject speak with exactly the same voice.
— kevinpatterson (@pevkatterson) October 2, 2018
After the tweet went viral, Adam Baron used the opportunity to draw attention to a political crisis in the region.
Well this went unexpectedly viral. Two notes:
-Odd celebrity profiles aside, Egypt is awesome; if you haven’t been, visit.
-Yemen currently faces the worlds worst humanitarian crisis; while DEC appeal has passed there are some links on ways to donate here https://t.co/nPq5EEsPk8
— Adam Baron (@adammbaron) October 3, 2018
So weird going viral with a tweet that literally has nothing to do with Yemen…
— Adam Baron (@adammbaron) October 3, 2018
Drew Barrymore’s reps have said the actress never did any such interview, which is not surprising considering the wildly offensive answers riddled with typos and grammatical errors.