Happily, the photographic faux-up seems right in line with the actress' potty-mouthed character on HBO's "Veep": any excuse to curse.
"Once, when we were trying to come up with the particular perfect, horrible, swear-y thing to say in 'Veep,' I said, 'You do realize that if we were 12, we would get in big trouble for this conversation,'" she tells the magazine. "That was not part of the curriculum in high school, and the fact that it is now a part of the curriculum of my life is a pleasure, which is the understatement of the universe."
While the shot clearly paints her with a sexy brush, the
"There is sexism -- I'm not denying its existence," she says. "But I'm saying that I will deny its effort against me. I just pay it no nevermind and say, 'Get out of my way.' "
The 53-year-old seemed to expect the cover to generate social-media buzz, even before the gaffe was snarkily pointed out.
Some of those tweeps, however, were looking less at the actress' flawless fanny-curve and more at the fake ink on her back, which shows part of the U.S. Constitution, signed by one
"Hancock signed Dec. of Independence NOT Constitution," Louis-Dreyfus tweeted Wednesday. "Yet another Mike ... up. Dummy.#veep #crackexcuse @VeepHBO @mrmattwalsh."
Matt Walsh plays Mike McLintock, hapless public-relations pro to fictional Vice President Selina Meyer and the butt of countless jokes on the cable comedy.
"The Declaration of Independence is on the other side, but we couldn't fit in all the signatures," Melissa Bruno, Wenner Media publicity director, told the New York Daily News on Wednesday.
Wait, on the other side of what? Of Louis-Dreyfus? Now, that would be some cover.
The issue of Rolling Stone featuring the "Veep" star hits newsstands Friday.