I’m pretty sure I’m the only person on the planet who’s decidedly not excited about the whole Gilmore Girls revival situation. It’s not even that I never watched the show—when the whole thing popped up on Netflix, I watched the whole first season, only to realize that, well, it was the worst show I’ve ever forced myself to watch for the sake of my pop culture education. But I digress. We’re not here to talk about my distaste for what I think is an objectively horrible show. We’re here to talk about the newest source of Gilmore Girls-related buzz to hit the Interwebs. Entertainment Weekly recently unveiled their newest cover starring none other the Rory (Alexis Bledel) and Lorelai (Lauren Graham).
I’m sure it’s an exciting moment for fans. After all, the cover story shows the two lead characters holding coffee (which, as I learned after just one season, is basically their heroin) and teasing an exclusive preview of the revival. The same publication once ran a similar Harry Potter cover when the second movie was coming out in the early 2000’s and I was ALL for it, so I get why people are so into this latest edition.
But there’s a huge problem with the cover, too, and no one seems to be talking about it. Take a look at it and tell me if you see it:
Did you get it? Did you? Let me give you a hint: Entertainment Weekly just pulled an AdWeek with Kerry Washington. Do you get where I’m going with this?
It’s Photoshopped. This Gilmore Girls cover has fallen victim to an absolutely heinous Photoshop job. Not only do both women basically look like shitty wax figure versions of their real-life selves, but they’ve clearly over-saturated the photo (just head over to Instagram and over-saturate a selfie, and you’ll see what I mean) and attempted to make Graham look younger, which, TBH, is incredibly offensive. No, Lauren Graham doesn’t look like she did when Gilmore Girls first aired. That tends to happen when close to 10 years has passed.
Maybe the only reason I’m noticing this is because I’m not blinded by my excitement and innate affection for the show, but it seems like a huge problem that no one is talking about this. I mean, not even BuzzFeed, an outlet that thrives off of calling out glaring Photoshop errors, chose to run the story with the headline, “The ‘Gilmore Girls’ Look Perfect On The Cover Of ‘Entertainment Weekly'” in the same week that they, too, ran a story about Kerry Washington’s aforementioned AdWeek cover.
Put simply, you can’t have it both ways. You can’t call out Photoshop when it’s there and ignore it when it’s not convenient for you, emotionally-speaking. Bledel and Graham are easily two of the most recognizable faces on TV in the past two decades, and the fact that the Internet at large is just generally okay with how badly their appearances have been altered on this cover speaks to a larger issue: we’ve become so comfortable with Photoshop that we accept it as an inevitability, rather than calling it out as an offensive and unwarranted alteration of appearance. It seems like I say this every week, but it’s high time all the retouching ended once and for all.