One of the deadliest sins a journalist can commit is that of libel (or, if you would rather sound extra scandalous, slander), which is defined as "an untruth about another which will do harm to that person or his/her reputation." Of course, not all published untruths are intended to be received as damaging, but as harmless poking fun, such as the kind of stories that come from the popular satirical website, The Onion. That seemed to be the intention with a recent interview with Drew Barrymore published in Egyptian airline EgyptAir's in-flight magazine, Horus. However, EgyptAir and the author of the piece herself claim that this bizarre interview is no joke.
Political writer Adam Baron felt the need to tweet his opinion of the "surreal" interview upon reading it on October 3. It only takes a brief skim of the pages to understand his compulsion.
Scribe Aida Takla O'Reilly, former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (the people who vote on the Golden Globes), introduces the 43 year-old star of Netflix's horror-comedy Santa Clarita Diet, as one who has been "unstable in her relationships most of her life" before mentioning her "several unsuccessful marriages" in just the first sentence. The following paragraph rounds up a tally of "almost 17 relationships, engagements and marriages" Barrymore has had and then explains that psychologists believe her behavior is the result of the lack of a male role in her life following her parents' divorce when she was 9.
It only gets weirder once it reaches Barrymore's supposed direct quotes, which read as if written by Google translate.
She gushes on parenting methods ("I found myself sympathizing with [my daughters] Olive and Frankie and patiently tolerating their endless questions as if I am growing a small plant waiting for its ripe delicious fruits after a few years"), tips on body confidence ("it is all about determination and following the appropriate diet under the supervision of a physician"), and her thoughts on women's rights ("women of the west... will not be satisfied unless they gain the rights and roles they deserve in the society. This is especially true since women exert tremendous efforts that men are incapable of exerting due to their numerous commitments and obligations.")
A representative of Barrymore told the Huffington Post that the actress never even participated in the article, adding that her team is "working with the airline PR team." Just when one would assume that the viral insanity would die down as soon as O'Reilly and EgyptAir would make a formal apology for the interview, they instead swerved far away from the skid.
Furthermore, O'Reilly has since been outspoken that the interview is "far from fake." Does her claim include the countless grammatical errors, shade-throwing assumptions at Barrymore's expense, and misspelling the writer's own name in the byline?
The very subject of the interview has yet to comment on it herself. Until then, we are not sure what make of this story, except for, perhaps, one guess: Barrymore does not have a good chance at the next Golden Globes.
Who do you think is telling the truth? Is Barrymore secretly an English-challenged robot or does O'Reilly have it out for the star?