Jack Osbourne Issues Challenge To Rolling Stone To Donate All Profits From Upcoming Issues
It’s no secret, many have been up in arms over the choice of the cover photo for the recently released Rolling Stone magazine featuring accused Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Many say the way the photo is edited and cropped, that it makes Tsarnaev look like a “rockstar” when he is the farthest thing from it; he’s a murderer.
The story inside the issue looks at Tsarnaev’s life before he became associated with the bombings; how he was just a “normal guy” hanging out with friends and going to concerts, etc.
Many rockers have taken to Twitter to express their distaste with the choice of cover and Jack Osbourne has issued a challenge to the magazine.
— Jack Osbourne (@MrJackO) July 19, 2013
Jack, himself, created the Change.org petition asking the magazine to take all profits from the controversial cover/issue and donate them to charities for the victims of the bombings.
Glamorizing a suspected terrorist on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine is not controversial, it’s just wrong.
Innocent people have been killed or injured by the alleged actions of this man. There is no justification for awarding him a cover spot traditionally reserved for entertainment icons. It is this kind of action that encourages other sick individuals to act out in hopes of earning notoriety or martyrdom for their cause.
Rolling Stone released a statement that said, “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.”
This petition does not take issue with the cover story, but the cover. We support the first amendment and the freedom of the press, but we do not support glorifying suspected terrorists in this manner.
The innocent victims, their families, the first responders, and the people of Boston are the ones who deserve to be honored and remembered.
We challenge Rolling Stone Magazine to donate ALL profits (retail and advertising revenue) generated from the August issue to all the victims, surviving family members, and first responders adversely affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.
You can sign the petition HERE