Rolling Stone demonstrated their historical inaccurate perception of the U.S. Constitution when they botched Julia Louis-Dreyfus’ risque cover on the upcoming issue of the entertainment magazine.
The U.S. Constitution – laden with various articles defining the doctrine of our country’s governmental branches and relationships of statehood, encompassing in part the first ten amendments which are known as the Bill of Rights – was adopted on September 17, 1787 by the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and ratified by conventions in eleven States.
It went into effect on March 4, 1789. Since its implementation the U.S. Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times.
While the historic document bears the signatures of several Philadelphia Convention delegates, one famous name in particular was not present on the original or amended versions of the Constitution.
However, when you scan down the 53-year-old “Seinfeld” veteran’s backside, slightly north of her left buttock, you notice in faux ink the telltale signature of John Hancock.
Alas, to the embarrassment of the creative staff of Rolling Stone, John Hancock did not sign the U.S. Constitution – you are confusing that with the Declaration of Independence.
No one thought to Google it?
In response to the blunder, as seen in her tweet, Louis-Dreyfus playfully blamed alcohol. “In my defense, “I was in a drunken stupor” branding it with the hashtag #crackexcuse.”
In my defense, “I was in a drunken stupor” #crackexcuse https://t.co/Jo0HgFtpho cc: @RollingStone pic.twitter.com/f7SFgCsHBO
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 8, 2014
The Constitution flub is a perfect example as to why we should not rely on media or cover editors for a history lesson.
Inside the magazine, another image shot by photographer Mark Seliger depicts a colonial wigged character tattooing Hancock’s signature above the bare bottom of the “Veep” actress.
“I’m a perfectionist in my work,” Louis-Dreyfus notes in the magazine’s cover story. “I think I might drive people nuts. I don’t ask them, because I don’t need that (expletive) on top of how I’m feeling.”
NPR reports, The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia mocked the flub by tweeting a photo of the cover alongside such Founding Fathers as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin in Signers’ Hall with the words, “Thanks for the shout out but no Hancock here.”
George Washington to .@RollingStone – Thanks for the shout out but no Hancock here (picture from Signers' Hall). https://t.co/bUHBOblDTR
— National Constitution Center (@ConstitutionCtr) April 9, 2014
[Photo Credit: Howard Chandler Christy’s “Signing of the Constitution”]