Yeterday, April 9, 2014, it was revealed that billionaire actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus will appear on the cover of the April 24, 2014 issue of Rolling Stone magazine - nude. Besides looking great for the age of 53, she is sporting a large tattoo that was either Photoshopped in or is temporary. The tattoo is of the U.S. Constitution, however what has escaped most, including those at the photo shoot and the editors at Rolling Stone, was that John Hancock never signed the U.S. Constitution as portrayed in the Dreyfus photo. Hancock signed the Declaration of Independence.
Whether the error was meant as comedy, to get the Tea Party crowd in an uproar or was a genuine mistake for the magazine is anyone's guess. Rolling Stone has a history of taking a liberal view of the U.S. Constitution, especially the Second Amendment. However since Dreyfus has a long history as a comedic actor, most will chalk this one up as good humor. Others will express outrage and display it as another example of the dumbing down of America. But those are likely the same people that expressed outrage earlier this year when Dreyfus appeared on stage with an e-cigarette at the Golden Globes. Libertarians, as devoted to the Constitution as they are, will likely see the comedy for what it is, and will also use it as an opportunity to educate the public about the merits of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence.
As for Dreyfus, she tweeted late yesterday about the photo, "Hancock signed Dec. of Independence NOT Constitution.Yet another Mike [f-up].Dummy.#veep #crackexcuse @VeepHBO @mrmattwalsh cc@rollingstone". The Mike, Dreyfus mentions in her tweet, is Mike McClintock, a character on her hit comedy on HBO called Veep, where she plays the Vice President of the United States. Another tweet by the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia got into the fun yesterday stating, "@OfficialJLD: GW & co. love @RollingStone cover but as VP, please tell constituents Hancock didn't sign Constitution http://ow.ly/i/5bG9R".