“Rolling Stone” has decided to run a big story on the Boston Marathon bombing and more so, bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev, and highlight it with his face right on the cover. Since the “Rolling Stone” cover was unveiled last week, it’s caused much controversy, but the magazine defends their choice. As of July 18, 2013, US News says that “Rolling Stone” did it in the “traditions of journalism.”
“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 magazine’s editors wrote in a statement Wednesday. “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.”
While “Rolling Stone” is defending their choice to have the Boston bomber on their cover, others are still not sold on the idea. Many Internet comments and social media sites have seen people upset and even incredibly angry about the whole situation.
“What a slap in the face to the great city of Boston and the Marathon Bombing victims,” commented Lindsey Williamson.
Walgreens, CVS, Stop & Shop, and Tedeschi Foods have already joined in the battle against the “Rolling Stone” edition with the bomber cover by removing it from store shelves. They felt it was the “right decision” and didn’t want to upset anyone.
Ed Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts spoke up and said that the “Rolling Stone” cover is “insulting.” he said it isn’t so much the fact that a story was done about the bombing, but that Tsarnaev’s photo is called the “innocence of youth.”
“He gave up any innocence he had on April 15, when he took the life of an innocent child, two women and then went on to execute a police officer,” Kelly said.
“What he did to a city, a country, we’re never going to forgive him for it,” Kelly said. “We’re not going to cower from it. It disturbs us that our media chooses to celebrate it.”
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