Am I the only one obsessed with this Drew Barrymore “interview”?
Here’s what happened, in case you missed it: a couple of days ago, political analyst Adam Baron was flipping through EgyptAir’s in-flight magazine, Horus, and started reading an article about Drew Barrymore. This is what he tweeted – read the pages. It’s BONKERS. There are typos. There are words used incorrectly. The phrasing, even in the quotes directly attributed to Drew, even though she can speak in riddles sometimes, is bizarre as f-ck:
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 was apparently written by Aida Takla O’Reilly, who used to be the head of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association. They’re the ones who do the Golden Globe Awards. Drew’s reps have since told HuffPo that Drew “did not participate” in an interview and that they’re now “working with the airline PR team”. Right. But Aida, on Twitter, insists that the interview happened…sort of?
This doesn't negate the fact that the interview with Drew Barrimoor which took place in New York is genuine &far from fake.— Aida (@Aidatakla1) October 3, 2018
As far as Drew we interviewed her several times I saw her grow up before my eyes she is charming and talented.@EGYPTAIR
Who is “Drew Barrimoor”? Aida subsequently explained that the name was misspelled because she was dictating on her phone. And then EgyptAir misspelled her name in their tweet defending the article:
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
According to Variety, “the Hollywood Foreign Press typically conducts group press conferences which the members utilize for articles in various foreign publications. Barrymore was promoting “The Santa Clarita Diet” earlier this year.”
Which would mean she’s not retired, as suggested in the article.
What the f-ck is going on?!
This is why the HFPA has had such a joke of a reputation. They’ve worked over the years to improve it, but incidents like this don’t help. Also… these days, with social media etc, whenever an interview happens, there’s almost always a camera around. Everyone has a phone. Couldn’t this whole thing be resolved with a selfie? There’s no way a member of the HFPA isn’t asking for a photo with a celebrity.
Yours in gossip,