Rolling Stone cover causes controversy


by JIM BERGAMO / KVUE News and editor ROB DIAZ and staff

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Posted on July 17, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 5:34 PM

The Internet is in an uproar over the Facebook post of the upcoming cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and two major chains have already said they won't be selling the issue.

The cover shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, looking more like a rock star than a criminal suspect, according to many talking about the cover online.

Pharmacy chain CVS and Tedeschi Food Shops, a convenience store chain based in Massachusetts, have said they will not sell the issue.

"Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone," Tedeschi wrote on their Facebook page. "With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don't mix!"

CVS said on their Facebook page the company has "deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston" and they wouldn't carry the issue "out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."

Since it was posted Tuesday night on the magazine's Facebook page, the photo has had over 4,000 shares and 13,000 comments, many of them expressing outrage, calling the cover “shameful” and “disgusting."

“Been a subscriber since 1982 - cancelling tonight. I am beyond words....” wrote Tim Snell on Rolling Stone's Facebook page.

Twitter user Andy Lassner responded with sarcasm, “In their defense @Rolling Stone had no choice after Hitler failed to show up for his photo shoot.”

Rolling Stone has not responded to an AP e-mail asking for comment.

The magazine’s website says the article delivers a “deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev” and shares five revelations about the suspect.

WFAA posted a picture of the cover on our Facebook page, which also drew strong reactions.

“He's a murderer and a coward," Heidi Wilson commented on the post about the cover. "He deserves no publicity!”

Some users defended the story for journalistic purposes, but not the cover photo Rolling Stone used.

"So you are saying you wouldn't want to read the reasons and events that turned this guy into a bomber? So that we maybe able to prevent it or help ourselves from becoming one too?" John Nailling wrote.

Others felt the topic was better left to traditional news organizations.

"Let him tell his story on a news show like 20/20. They tell the good, bad and the ugly," Phoebe Conklin wrote. "The Rolling Stone is suppose to be an entertainment magazine."

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the Boston bombings that killed three and wounded more than 260.

The issue is scheduled to hit newsstands on August 3.