earl-jonas - May 17, 2018
To be Fair, they had it coming. The new comedy issue of GQ is igniting an uproar among Vanity Fair execs, and it's for a reason that you probably didn't see coming. GQ, which is owned by Condé Nast - the same company behind Vanity Fair - pokes fun at the viral 2018 Vanity Fair "Hollywood" issue, which dared to feature Reese Witherspoon's third leg and Oprah's third hand, on their latest cover. The photoshop fail that turned Annie Leibovitz's pic into meme-able Internet fodder was downplayed by VF at the time and even poked fun at by Witherspoon and Oprah.
I accept your 3d leg. As I know you accept my 3d hand
— Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah) January 25, 2018
— VANITY FAIR (@VanityFair) January 25, 2018
— Select All (@selectall) May 17, 2018
Reese Witherspoon's third leg is hardly the first time body parts have been added or removed on magazine covers. https://t.co/SxqqLUBDX6
— E! News (@enews) January 26, 2018
But behind their brave facade, the VF team is apparently still healing, because the new cover by GQ - which features overexaggerated photoshop fails on sassy comedians Sarah Silverman, Issa Rae, and Kate McKinnon and a background very similar to that of the now-infamous VF pic - is causing PTSDramz. According to Page Six:
There is mass fury at VF today, the staff and editors are really upset. GQ is spoofing the VF cover which came out with all the Photoshop mistakes, the mysterious extra legs and hands attached to Oprah.
But Jim Nelson, the editor-in-chief at GQ, never told Vanity Fair editor-in-chief Radhika Jones, or anyone else at VF, that he was planning this. They are being mocked by a sister publication, nobody told them in advance, and they found out about it at the same time as everyone else, when the GQ cover was released.
As for GQ's part, here's what they had to say about the hilarious and oddly sexy new cover:
In an effort to ensure that an error of this magnitude never happens again, and because this sounds like the right thing to say, GQ will be conducting a thorough internal audit of our cover-development process. To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium.
Are you digging the jab, or are you just wondering why Sarah Silverman isn't making love to a teddy bear on the cover? Let us know.
Photo Credit: GQ