Faris wins apology over NZ comment
Published 25/01/2011 | 08:23
Anna Faris has received an apology from New Zealand's state tourism agency for attacking her credibility after the American actress described New Zealand men as vulgar.
Anna recently told US talk show host George Lopez that New Zealand men had yelled obscenities at her while she was in the country filming the movie Yogi Bear.
She said she was walking home from the movie set when separate carloads of men shouted profanities at her.
Tourism New Zealand spokesman Ian Long was quoted by the New Zealand Herald on Sunday as saying: "In the same segment, she accepts an award for being a pothead stoner of the year ... I don't think she has any credibility."
The Scary Movie star was appearing on the chat show Lopez Tonight to promote Yogi Bear when she revealed she had recently won a Stony, a jocular award sponsored by High Times magazine, for her portrayal of a pot user.
In a statement, the tourism agency apologised for any offence its remarks had caused.
"The inference that Tourism NZ did not take Ms Faris' comments seriously is very much regretted and was certainly not intended," Tourism New Zealand said.
"On a US talk show Ms Faris spoke about disrespectful behaviour she experienced during her stay in New Zealand and as a consequence her impression of New Zealand men is, to say the least, poor."
The agency said it would offer Anna some "great Kiwi hospitality" to make up for its comments and the vulgar behaviour she experienced.