Rolling Stone’s latest cover features actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus with the U.S. Constitution inked on her bare back — but there’s a glaring problem.
— Julia Louis-Dreyfus (@OfficialJLD) April 8, 2014
Did you spot the mishap?
The signature at the very bottom should have been a red flag that something was amiss… because John Hancock didn’t even sign the U.S. Constitution.
The Washington Examiner’s Justin Green was one of the first to point out the error.
“Pro tip: John Hancock didn’t sign the Constitution,” he wrote on Twitter.
However, Hancock did sign the Declaration of Independence as the president of the Second Continental Congress. His appealing signature led to his name becoming synonymous with the word.
Rolling Stone readers were quick to point out the mistake.
In a statement to Poynter, a spokeswoman for Rolling Stone claimed that the “Declaration of the Independence is on the other side but we couldn’t fit in all the signatures.”
The Rolling Stone “source” reportedly said the John Hancock signature was deliberate and intended to be “in the spirit” of Veep’s absurdist nature.
Louis-Dreyfus humorously played off the gaffe on Twitter, even using the moment to promote her bumbling character on “Veep.”