GQ Trolls Vanity Fair PhotoShop Cover Disaster: ‘Best Comedy Issue Ever’

GQ decided to go in for a ferocious bit of trolling in its new recent comedy issue, releasing a cover that lampoons the much-maligned cover of Vanity Fair’s January Hollywood issue.

The GQ cover features comedians gown-wearing Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman in a mangled mess of obviously PhotoShopped limbs — and bears a striking similarity to the Vanity Fair mashup of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman earlier this year that seemed to show an extra leg.

“We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover,” said the magazine in a devilish tweet.

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We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover https://t.co/BsysaNGbc9 pic.twitter.com/OGpN4jUYMo

— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) May 17, 2018

The accompanying article by the magazine drove the point home.

“GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue,” wrote the editors. “We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.”

“To you, our respected readers, we know that GQ must work doubly hard to earn back your trust. Until then, we’ll be ignoring our mentions,” they added.

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In the photo used for the Vanity Fair cover, Witherspoon’s legs are crossed to one side, but the lighting and color of her dress led some to believe that the magazine composited two shots and forgot to remove a visible extra leg. The magazine, however, insisted the flesh-toned portion of the photo is simply the back of her dress.

More damning, however, was a behind-the-scenes photo of Winfrey and Witherspoon on set in which Winfrey appears to have one hand on her hip, one in her lap, as well as a surprise third hand around Witherspoon’s waist.

Needless to say the internet had a field day with the GQ cover, as wags, pundits and blue checks all tried to get in on the fun.

“We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.” https://t.co/wrKYxbeDkW

— Zach Baron (@zachbaron) May 17, 2018

Who says times are tough in publishing? This shoot must’ve cost @GQMagazine an arm and a leg. And an arm. And a leg. https://t.co/7B4qdQN9Hp

— EJ Samson (@ejsamson) May 17, 2018

Strong troll game from @GQMagazine pic.twitter.com/TQ5iTb3mT5

— Jon Levine (@LevineJonathan) May 17, 2018

“To demonstrate our commitment to transparency, we will release the results of the review, quietly, in 17 months, on Medium.” https://t.co/BiyyVUNjWh

— Ben Walsh (@BenDWalsh) May 17, 2018

HANDS DOWN Our Best Comedy Issue Ever! ???????? https://t.co/BFabro5KnO

— Luke Leifeste (@lukeleifeste) May 17, 2018

This is just perfect. https://t.co/o9Usi5dFii

— Taffy Brodesser-Akner (@taffyakner) May 17, 2018

GQ, trolling @VanityFair so hard.

(via @lukeleifeste) https://t.co/cVb5VodXZs

— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) May 17, 2018

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GQ decided to go in for a ferocious bit of trolling in its new recent comedy issue, releasing a cover that lampoons the much-maligned cover of Vanity Fair’s January Hollywood issue.

The GQ cover features comedians gown-wearing Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae and Sarah Silverman in a mangled mess of obviously PhotoShopped limbs — and bears a striking similarity to the Vanity Fair mashup of Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman earlier this year that seemed to show an extra leg.

“We deeply regret what happened to the 2018 #GQComedyIssue cover,” said the magazine in a devilish tweet.

The accompanying article by the magazine drove the point home.

“GQ would like to apologize to Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman for the egregious mistakes made in the process of creating the cover for our 2018 comedy issue,” wrote the editors. “We deeply regret that the results violated GQ’s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.”

“To you, our respected readers, we know that GQ must work doubly hard to earn back your trust. Until then, we’ll be ignoring our mentions,” they added.

In the photo used for the Vanity Fair cover, Witherspoon’s legs are crossed to one side, but the lighting and color of her dress led some to believe that the magazine composited two shots and forgot to remove a visible extra leg. The magazine, however, insisted the flesh-toned portion of the photo is simply the back of her dress.

More damning, however, was a behind-the-scenes photo of Winfrey and Witherspoon on set in which Winfrey appears to have one hand on her hip, one in her lap, as well as a surprise third hand around Witherspoon’s waist.

Needless to say the internet had a field day with the GQ cover, as wags, pundits and blue checks all tried to get in on the fun.

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Merriam-Webster Dictionary Denies It’s Trolling Trump on Purpose (Exclusive)

The team at Merriam-Webster is denying intentional trolling (verb, antagonize others online) of President Donald Trump, despite weeks of hilarious content and social media speculation to the contrary.

Subtle reminders about the meaning of fascism or other chaotic states of government, shading Kellyanne Conway over “alternative facts” and more have been coming from the dictionary’s official Twitter account.

Merriam-Webster chief digital officer and publisher, Lisa Schneider, chalks this up to a coincidence (noun, events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection), but also says that M-W social content often comes as a reflection of what users are searching. In other words, blame the algorithm (noun, a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer).

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“It’s actually something we’ve been doing since 2010,” Schneider told TheWrap. “People look up a word and we’re giving them the definition. What meanings people lay on top of that is beyond our control.”

Even though the executive insists M-W is not trolling anyone, few are convinced. And with good reason.

After White House senior advisor Conway told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the Press Secretary used “alternative facts” in his first statement to the Press Corps, Merriam-Webster explained that a “fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.”

The dictionary took one more dig at Conway for good measure, firing off another tweet with an alternative definition for the word.

*whispers into the void* In contemporary use, fact is understood to refer to something with actual existence. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 24, 2017

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On Election Day, the dictionary featured the word “Götterdämmerung” on its background, which means the collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder.

Three weeks after the election, the dictionary made sure everybody knew that “Fascism is still our #1 lookup.”

When Trump claimed China had stolen a U.S. drone in December, calling the act “unpresidented,” Merriam-Webster explained that the word was, well, “unprecedented” in the English language, tweeting “Huh” as its word of the day.

And after the White House left out the reference of Jews in its Holocaust Remembrance Day statement in January, the dictionary made clear that the Holocaust “is understood to refer especially to the Nazis’ mass murder of European Jews.”

Also Read: Merriam-Webster Throws Shade at Kellyanne Conway’s ‘Alternative Facts’

Whatever the dictionary is doing (or not doing) seems to be working. In less than three years, the Merriam-Webster Twitter account went from 40,000 followers to a whopping 389,000 (did we mention this is an account for a dictionary??)

“It’s brilliant,” marketing expert and founder of the Brand Identity Center Chad Kawalec told TheWrap.  “This is a perfect example of a brand appropriately and authentically demonstrating their expertise in a highly relevant way. They can legitimately participate in the conversation because they are the authority on language and words.”

“We’re in the words business,” Schneider concluded. “People look to the dictionary to understand language. So if a public figure uses language in a remarkable way, then that’s fair game for us to discuss.”

The dictionary is sacred, and we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. For what it’s worth, this is Merriam-Webster’s example-in-a-sentence entry for the noun “Trump”:

The trump of doom

????A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality. https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 22, 2017

‘Fascism’ is still our #1 lookup.

# of lookups = how we choose our Word of the Year.

There’s still time to look something else up.

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 29, 2016

Good morning! The #WordOfTheDay is…not ‘unpresidented’. We don’t enter that word. That’s a new one. https://t.co/BJ45AtMNu4

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) December 17, 2016

We’re seeing a spike for both ‘ombre’ and ‘hombre’. Not the same thing. https://t.co/O2o9C3gTja #debatenight

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 20, 2016

????’Holocaust’ is trending again. It is understood to refer especially to the Nazis’ mass murder of European Jews. https://t.co/SpAZ9kiKrn

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 30, 2017

If you’re part of a group that’s paid to applaud, you’re a ‘claqueur’. https://t.co/EX96vGLGDz

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) January 24, 2017

So apparently we’re doing this again. Cheers. ???? https://t.co/zHTNNl1XAE #debatenight

— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) October 20, 2016

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The team at Merriam-Webster is denying intentional trolling (verb, antagonize others online) of President Donald Trump, despite weeks of hilarious content and social media speculation to the contrary.

Subtle reminders about the meaning of fascism or other chaotic states of government, shading Kellyanne Conway over “alternative facts” and more have been coming from the dictionary’s official Twitter account.

Merriam-Webster chief digital officer and publisher, Lisa Schneider, chalks this up to a coincidence (noun, events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection), but also says that M-W social content often comes as a reflection of what users are searching. In other words, blame the algorithm (noun, a step-by-step procedure for solving a problem or accomplishing some end especially by a computer).

“It’s actually something we’ve been doing since 2010,” Schneider told TheWrap. “People look up a word and we’re giving them the definition. What meanings people lay on top of that is beyond our control.”

Even though the executive insists M-W is not trolling anyone, few are convinced. And with good reason.

After White House senior advisor Conway told NBC’s Chuck Todd that the Press Secretary used “alternative facts” in his first statement to the Press Corps, Merriam-Webster explained that a “fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.”

The dictionary took one more dig at Conway for good measure, firing off another tweet with an alternative definition for the word.

On Election Day, the dictionary featured the word “Götterdämmerung” on its background, which means the collapse (as of a society or regime) marked by catastrophic violence and disorder.

Three weeks after the election, the dictionary made sure everybody knew that “Fascism is still our #1 lookup.”

When Trump claimed China had stolen a U.S. drone in December, calling the act “unpresidented,” Merriam-Webster explained that the word was, well, “unprecedented” in the English language, tweeting “Huh” as its word of the day.

And after the White House left out the reference of Jews in its Holocaust Remembrance Day statement in January, the dictionary made clear that the Holocaust “is understood to refer especially to the Nazis’ mass murder of European Jews.”

Whatever the dictionary is doing (or not doing) seems to be working. In less than three years, the Merriam-Webster Twitter account went from 40,000 followers to a whopping 389,000 (did we mention this is an account for a dictionary??)

“It’s brilliant,” marketing expert and founder of the Brand Identity Center Chad Kawalec told TheWrap.  “This is a perfect example of a brand appropriately and authentically demonstrating their expertise in a highly relevant way. They can legitimately participate in the conversation because they are the authority on language and words.”

“We’re in the words business,” Schneider concluded. “People look to the dictionary to understand language. So if a public figure uses language in a remarkable way, then that’s fair game for us to discuss.”

The dictionary is sacred, and we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt. For what it’s worth, this is Merriam-Webster’s example-in-a-sentence entry for the noun “Trump”:

The trump of doom

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