Vanessa Golembewski, assistant news and entertainment editor for website Refinery 29, is part of a growing number of writers voicing their disappointment with the photo treatment given to Saturday Night Live female cast members in the May 2014 issue of Cosmopolitan.
It’s basically, per the above, slumber party redux. Golembewski notes that the treatment stands in stark contrast to some recent Interview and GQ coverage of, respectively, male show counterparts Jay Pharoah and Kyle Mooney. From her item:
To be sure, the women look absolutely gorgeous. However, in this sleepover-themed spread, the female cast trades its comedic chops for sexual subtext. At the same time, the shoot gives a very limited definition of what sexy means: A mostly nude Sasheer Zamata is at the center, while Aidy Bryant‘s body is entirely covered — by sheets in a group picture, and again in her individual Q&A by a large bunny head.
The larger issue, however, is how regressive the shoot feels.
Commenters at Oh No They Didn’t! meanwhile are offended by the back-of-the-room placement of black cast member Zamata in the lead photo. It’s reminiscent of the blowback that has greeted various past Vanity Fair “Hollywood” issue cover photos.