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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MipTV: Global Broadcasters Snap Up ITV and Amazon’s ‘Vanity Fair’

A raft of global buyers have snapped up “Vanity Fair,” the ITV and Amazon adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s literary classic with “Ready Player One” star Olivia Cooke. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is selling the series and gave buyers a sneak peek at a spring preview earlier this year. As MipTV opens, the distributor has […]

A raft of global buyers have snapped up “Vanity Fair,” the ITV and Amazon adaptation of William Makepeace Thackeray’s literary classic with “Ready Player One” star Olivia Cooke. ITV Studios Global Entertainment is selling the series and gave buyers a sneak peek at a spring preview earlier this year. As MipTV opens, the distributor has […]

Lena Waithe Is ‘Tired of White Folks Telling My Stories’

Lena Waithe is tired of white people telling black stories, and said that no one can tell a black, queer story quite like her.

“I am tired of white folks telling my stories,” she said in her recent interview accompanying her first Vanity Fair cover. “We gotta tell our s—. Can’t no one tell a black story, particularly a queer story, the way I can, because I see the God in us. James Baldwin saw the God in us. Zora saw the God in us. When I’m looking for myself, I find myself in the pages of Baldwin.”

Waithe won an Emmy Award last September for her work on the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” Season 2, an episode based on her own coming out story. The win makes her the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedic writing.

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“Here’s the irony of it all,” she told Vanity Fair. “I don’t need an Emmy to tell me to go to work. I’ve been working. I’ve been writing, I’ve been developing, I’ve been putting pieces together and I’m bullets, you know what I’m saying?”

Indeed, in addition to her work on “Master of None,” Waithe created “The Chi,” which was recently picked up for a second season at Showtime, and the pilot for her show “Twenties” was recently picked up at TBS.

“I didn’t realize I was born to stand out as much as I do,” she added. “But I’m grateful. Because the other black or brown queer kids are like, ‘Oh, we the s—.’”

Read the full cover story here.

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Lena Waithe is tired of white people telling black stories, and said that no one can tell a black, queer story quite like her.

“I am tired of white folks telling my stories,” she said in her recent interview accompanying her first Vanity Fair cover. “We gotta tell our s—. Can’t no one tell a black story, particularly a queer story, the way I can, because I see the God in us. James Baldwin saw the God in us. Zora saw the God in us. When I’m looking for myself, I find myself in the pages of Baldwin.”

Waithe won an Emmy Award last September for her work on the “Thanksgiving” episode of “Master of None” Season 2, an episode based on her own coming out story. The win makes her the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedic writing.

“Here’s the irony of it all,” she told Vanity Fair. “I don’t need an Emmy to tell me to go to work. I’ve been working. I’ve been writing, I’ve been developing, I’ve been putting pieces together and I’m bullets, you know what I’m saying?”

Indeed, in addition to her work on “Master of None,” Waithe created “The Chi,” which was recently picked up for a second season at Showtime, and the pilot for her show “Twenties” was recently picked up at TBS.

“I didn’t realize I was born to stand out as much as I do,” she added. “But I’m grateful. Because the other black or brown queer kids are like, ‘Oh, we the s—.'”

Read the full cover story here.

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Armie Hammer’s Wife Says an Impostor Used Her Name in Bid for Vanity Fair Oscars Party Invite

“Call Me By Your Name,” indeed.

Armie Hammer’s wife, Elizabeth Chambers, has filed a lawsuit alleging that another woman used her identity in an effort to gain entry into Vanity Fair’s Oscars party this year.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Chambers says that Beverly Hills woman Diana Roque Ellis and another, unnamed defendant “are engaging in a fraudulent scheme” to impersonate Chambers by using a fake email address and sending bogus emails in an effort to attend the soiree.

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“On information and belief, Defendants created an email address using Ms. Chambers’ name and likeness — without Ms. Chambers’ knowledge or consent – in an attempt t gain access to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party,” the suit reads.

According to the suit, the Defendants sent an email to Vanity Fair on February 22 and asked if Chambers and Hammer “could bring an extra guest to the event.”

When Vanity Fair asked who the second guest was, the lawsuit says, they emailed the name “Diana Ellis” back.

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However, the suit says, sensing “that something was suspicious and/or inappropriate with the fraudulent emails,” Vanity Fair contacted the publicist for Chambers and Hammer, who confirmed that they didn’t plan to bring a guest.

Alleging misappropriation of name and likeness and violation of right to privacy, Chambers is asking for an injunction preventing the defendants from “engaging in further violations,” as well as unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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“Call Me By Your Name,” indeed.

Armie Hammer’s wife, Elizabeth Chambers, has filed a lawsuit alleging that another woman used her identity in an effort to gain entry into Vanity Fair’s Oscars party this year.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Thursday, Chambers says that Beverly Hills woman Diana Roque Ellis and another, unnamed defendant “are engaging in a fraudulent scheme” to impersonate Chambers by using a fake email address and sending bogus emails in an effort to attend the soiree.

“On information and belief, Defendants created an email address using Ms. Chambers’ name and likeness — without Ms. Chambers’ knowledge or consent – in an attempt t gain access to Vanity Fair’s Oscar party,” the suit reads.

According to the suit, the Defendants sent an email to Vanity Fair on February 22 and asked if Chambers and Hammer “could bring an extra guest to the event.”

When Vanity Fair asked who the second guest was, the lawsuit says, they emailed the name “Diana Ellis” back.

However, the suit says, sensing “that something was suspicious and/or inappropriate with the fraudulent emails,” Vanity Fair contacted the publicist for Chambers and Hammer, who confirmed that they didn’t plan to bring a guest.

Alleging misappropriation of name and likeness and violation of right to privacy, Chambers is asking for an injunction preventing the defendants from “engaging in further violations,” as well as unspecified damages.

Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.

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Call Me By Someone Else’s Name: Woman Impersonates Armie Hammer’s Actress Wife To Attend Vanity Fair Party

Elizabeth Chambers has sued a Beverly Hills woman who allegedly impersonated the actress to get a ticket to Vanity Fair’s exclusive Oscar after-party. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Chambers accused Diana Roque Ellis, or someone else acting in concert with her, of engaging in an elaborate scheme to gain admission to the invitation-only event.
Chambers will attend Vanity Fair‘s party with her husband, Armie Hammer, who played the lead role in…

Elizabeth Chambers has sued a Beverly Hills woman who allegedly impersonated the actress to get a ticket to Vanity Fair’s exclusive Oscar after-party. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Chambers accused Diana Roque Ellis, or someone else acting in concert with her, of engaging in an elaborate scheme to gain admission to the invitation-only event. Chambers will attend Vanity Fair‘s party with her husband, Armie Hammer, who played the lead role in…

NY Times Editorial Page Editor James Bennet Under Fire From Paper’s Own Staff

New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet faces growing headwinds inside the newsroom over his push to allow more intellectual diversity on the Op-Ed page — including a much-criticized piece by an Israeli settler, and the hiring of climate change-questioning, Woody Allen-defending conservative opinion writer Bret Stephens.

This week, Bennet and his team have been the target of multiple leaks to rival news organizations like Vanity Fair and HuffPost.

On Tuesday, a HuffPost article by Ashley Feinberg detailed the contents of a secretly recorded December meeting in which Bennet tried to defend his approach to a dozen newsroom staffers.

“There wasn’t really an advocate for the Bernie Sanders view of the world formally in our pages,” Bennet said of the paper’s 2016 campaign coverage in a transcription of his remarks. “And we’ve had fewer voices to the right for quite some time.”

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Vanity Fair‘s Joe Pompeo also reported on internal dissension over Bennet’s handling of the paper’s editorial pages since assuming the role in March 2016 — particularly over this month’s lightning-quick hiring and firing of tech journalist Quinn Norton after the resurfacing of questionable old tweets emerged about her relationships with Nazis.

 

“People felt like [Opinion] was a shakeup. Now people are worried. The newsroom feels embarrassed,” a senior insider told Pompeo, who reported that some employees are concerned about Bennet “damaging the paper’s credibility.”

A spokesperson fro the New York Times did not immediately respond to inquiries from TheWrap on Tuesday.

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With tough social media guidelines for Times journalists — but not opinion writers —  the leaks have abounded. Feinberg’s lengthy piece was based on leaked audio which could only have come from inside the Times newsroom and was actually the second time employees at the paper had leaked frustrations to her rather than address matters internally.

Just weeks ago, a Times employee leaked the contents of internal company Slack messages to Feinberg, which revealed a growing frustration among some journalists with Time Opinion staff editor Bari Weiss over a tweet falsely suggesting that U.S. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu was an immigrant.

For this tweet I am being told I am a racist, a ghoul and that I deserve to die. So I deleted the tweet. That’s where we are.

— Bari Weiss (@bariweiss) February 12, 2018

“Frankly microaggressions and people being obtuse cut the deepest,” said one bereaved Times employee via Slack over the Twitter tempest.

“I guess it’s too much to even expect a ‘we’re sorry you’re offended’ apology since asians don’t matter,” said another.

The canting went on much the same way. On Twitter, Feinberg suggested that the Times social media guidelines that give wide berth to opinion writers, but put reporters in a straitjacket were to blame for the recent explosion of leaking. “An easy way for the Times to remedy this would be to let the newsroom staff stand up for themselves on Twitter,” she said.

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an easy way for the times to remedy this would be to let the newsroom staff stand up for themselves on twitter https://t.co/PHu40DA2K2

— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) February 27, 2018

All of the sniping has taken its toll on the newsroom. On Tuesday, reporter Nick Confessore said that many in the newsroom were deeply frustrated by the recent spake of leaking.

“There is also plenty of anger within the newsroom at the unknown person or persons who are leaking Slack transcripts,” he tweeted Tuesday.

There is also plenty of anger within the newsroom at the unknown person or persons who are leaking Slack transcripts.

— Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore) February 27, 2018

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New York Times editorial page editor James Bennet faces growing headwinds inside the newsroom over his push to allow more intellectual diversity on the Op-Ed page — including a much-criticized piece by an Israeli settler, and the hiring of climate change-questioning, Woody Allen-defending conservative opinion writer Bret Stephens.

This week, Bennet and his team have been the target of multiple leaks to rival news organizations like Vanity Fair and HuffPost.

On Tuesday, a HuffPost article by Ashley Feinberg detailed the contents of a secretly recorded December meeting in which Bennet tried to defend his approach to a dozen newsroom staffers.

“There wasn’t really an advocate for the Bernie Sanders view of the world formally in our pages,” Bennet said of the paper’s 2016 campaign coverage in a transcription of his remarks. “And we’ve had fewer voices to the right for quite some time.”

Vanity Fair‘s Joe Pompeo also reported on internal dissension over Bennet’s handling of the paper’s editorial pages since assuming the role in March 2016 — particularly over this month’s lightning-quick hiring and firing of tech journalist Quinn Norton after the resurfacing of questionable old tweets emerged about her relationships with Nazis.

 

“People felt like [Opinion] was a shakeup. Now people are worried. The newsroom feels embarrassed,” a senior insider told Pompeo, who reported that some employees are concerned about Bennet “damaging the paper’s credibility.”

A spokesperson fro the New York Times did not immediately respond to inquiries from TheWrap on Tuesday.

With tough social media guidelines for Times journalists — but not opinion writers —  the leaks have abounded. Feinberg’s lengthy piece was based on leaked audio which could only have come from inside the Times newsroom and was actually the second time employees at the paper had leaked frustrations to her rather than address matters internally.

Just weeks ago, a Times employee leaked the contents of internal company Slack messages to Feinberg, which revealed a growing frustration among some journalists with Time Opinion staff editor Bari Weiss over a tweet falsely suggesting that U.S. Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu was an immigrant.

“Frankly microaggressions and people being obtuse cut the deepest,” said one bereaved Times employee via Slack over the Twitter tempest.

“I guess it’s too much to even expect a ‘we’re sorry you’re offended’ apology since asians don’t matter,” said another.

The canting went on much the same way. On Twitter, Feinberg suggested that the Times social media guidelines that give wide berth to opinion writers, but put reporters in a straitjacket were to blame for the recent explosion of leaking. “An easy way for the Times to remedy this would be to let the newsroom staff stand up for themselves on Twitter,” she said.

All of the sniping has taken its toll on the newsroom. On Tuesday, reporter Nick Confessore said that many in the newsroom were deeply frustrated by the recent spake of leaking.

“There is also plenty of anger within the newsroom at the unknown person or persons who are leaking Slack transcripts,” he tweeted Tuesday.

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Oscar Week 2018 Parties & Events: The List

This list will be updated and re-posted on a regular basis with more events to be announced. Please send any event or party details to anthony@deadline.com. Mostly all of the events are by invite-only except for the Oscar Week panels; tickets sold for those at Oscars.org.
Tuesday, Feb. 27
7PM: Oscar Week: Shorts
Location: Samuel Goldwyn Theatre
Details: A symposium of this year’s Oscar nominated shorts, hosted by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi.
7:15PM: An Unforgetta…

This list will be updated and re-posted on a regular basis with more events to be announced. Please send any event or party details to anthony@deadline.com. Mostly all of the events are by invite-only except for the Oscar Week panels; tickets sold for those at Oscars.org. Tuesday, Feb. 27 7PM: Oscar Week: Shorts Location: Samuel Goldwyn Theatre Details: A symposium of this year’s Oscar nominated shorts, hosted by Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi. 7:15PM: An Unforgetta…