Anyway, if you haven’t checked out the issue featuring our favorite awkward Black girl, Issa Rae, then you should. Rae stars as a cover girl (no pun) alongside Kate McKinnon, Sarah Silverman—and a few extra hands. Read the GQ editors’ letter below, then check back in at GQ.com next week to read the accompanying profiles:
“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, the latest in our pantheon of mostly-annual love letters to the funniest humans we know. Our intention was to celebrate the three super-funny superstars, who are all that is smart and perceptive and riotous and necessary in comedy right now. We deeply regret that the results violated GQ‘s rigorous standards of editorial excellence and the laws of nature.
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…”
In Other Media News:
- Allure EIC Michelle Lee just got real about the absence of Asian cover models (and did something about it).
- Janet Jackson’s on the cover of Billboard ahead of her BBMA performance.
- YouTube is coming for Spotify’s neck (or trying to, at least).
Media Studies is CASSIUS’ weekly look at news, moves, and mess-ups in the wild world we call “The Industry.” Got a tip? Email Stephanie Long: slong(at)ionedigital(dot)com.