Boston Marathon Bomber Rolling Stone Cover Outrage. Boston Mayor Responds
Today the internet has been in a bit of a rage with the release of the cover for Rolling Stone magazine in which features accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The issues hits newsstands on Friday.
Many think it is in bad taste to treat the bombing suspect like a rockstar by putting his imagine on the cover or even looking in to his life leading up to the bombings and painting a positive picture of him. Rolling Stone has responded with the following:
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. –THE EDITORS
Rolling Stone’s Editors are not the only ones to respond. Boston’s Mayor Thomas M. Menino sent a letter to the magazine, criticizing them for the choice.
Many retailers in the New England area including CVS, Tedeschi Food Stores, Stop and Shop, Walgreens, and the grocery chain the Roche Bros have said they will not carry the issue in any form – even if the cover photo is changed.
Hundreds of thousands of social media users have condemned the magazine. Others claim they will look past the “controversy” and purchase the issue to read the story.
What does the controversy say about our modern culture?
Are you outraged by the choice of cover story?