New Zealand Officials Apologize To Anna Faris
Anna Faris has received an apology from New Zealand tourism officials for questioning her "credibility" after she described the country's men as foul-mouthed louts in a recent interview.
In a chat with TV talk show host George Lopez last month, the actress admitted men on the streets of Auckland had shouted profanities at her while she was living there during the filming of kids' movie Yogi Bear.
Faris' claims prompted Tourism New Zealand spokesman Ian Long to hit back by criticizing her acceptance of a prize from High Times magazine during the Lopez Tonight show for playing a marijuana user on the big screen.
He said, "In the same segment (of the TV show), she accepts an award for being a pothead stoner of the year... I don't think she has any credibility."
New Zealand tourism bosses are now hoping to make amends with the Scary Movie star - they've promised to show her "great Kiwi hospitality" next time she's in the country.
A statement from the Tourism New Zealand agency reads, "The inference that Tourism NZ did not take Ms. Faris' comments seriously is very much regretted and was certainly not intended.
On a U.S. talk show Ms. Faris spoke about disrespectful behavior she experienced during her stay in New Zealand and as a consequence her impression of New Zealand men is, to say the least, poor."