Lance Armstrong, the amazing bicyclist, serial dater of blondes, and self-proclaimed non-steroid-user is pissed off at Outside Magazine. And he's letting all the world (or at least his twitter followers) know it.
Apparently, the seven-time Tour de France champion is none too pleased about some photo-shopping that Outside did of him on the cover of its most recent issue. Female celebrities and cover models get airbrushed all the time until they look impossibly perfect (or weirdly distorted depending on your perspective). But rarely have we heard from a male celebrity complaining about his magazine cover appearance.
Lance is doing just that.
So what's his beef?
Look closely at the photo: Did they leave in too many wrinkles? Make him look too skinny? Cut off part of his bicep?
Here's what he tweeted at about 1:30 (EST) this afternoon:
"Just saw the cover of the new Outside mag w/ yours truly on it. Nice photoshop on a plain t-shirt guys. That's some lame bullshit."
The "lame bullshit" is this: Lance didn't actually wear the blue "38. BFD." T-shirt he's shown wearing on the cover. He was wearing a plain blue tee, and the magazine photo-shopped in the phrase. The magazine wrote, "Note: Not Armstrong's real T-shirt" above Lance's right knee.
Um, sorry Lance, but I guess I just don't see what the BFD is. You obviously have no problem with swearing in front of your adoring fans (see aforementioned tweet). And we can all google you and find out your age in, like, a second.
The Outside editors wrote in something that went along with their story and it's not particularly offensive to anyone (except evidently Lance). And it's certainly not as offensive as taking 15 pounds off the beautiful body of, say, Kate Winslet (and the list goes on).
My guess is that Lance really took issue with the copy in the box to the right:
"His age, new rival, latest scandal. Is this the end for Lance?"
After all, no one likes to be reminded he's a has-been.