Rolling Stone Cover Controversy: Magazine Issues Statement, Defends "Thoughtful" Coverage

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With controversy swirling over the latest Rolling Stone cover - it features Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and teases how he "became a monster" - the magazine has come out with an online statement.

As an editor's note to the Web version of the story, Rolling Stone writes:

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Rolling Stone Cover

“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. "

It continues:

"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.”

Along with stinging criticism from those who feel the cover story is inappropriate, CVS has announced a boycott of the issue.

The chain says it will not sell the August edition of Rolling Stone "out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."

Where do you stand? What do you think of the magazine putting Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover?


Well, since the attack on Boston was a False Flag created to make The Sheople lay down & obey, as they so easily did in Boston when Martial Law was imposed on an entire Metro Area for the first time in American history, then i agree!. The Brothers were used as fall guys for they had no idea it was the real deal, just went along with our so trusted government in thinking it was a Drill. The FBI already knew who the Brothers were yet somehow didnt know where they were that day even thou Billions of our American tax dollars have been spent on Homeland Security?? They both were in plain view the ENTIRE marathon. There was actual video footage of the oldest brother being led back to a squad car, dirty and naked but somehow he's dead?? QUESTION EVERYTHING!! You Sheople, sit the fuck down,, go back to being brainwashed/main stream media, fast foods, religion/BuyBULL, reality tv, porn and booze, okay!


Being a cover boy is exactly what this terrorist wants. Publicity of any kind feeds the twisted egos of monsters like Tsarnaev and his ilk. There is nothing that RollingStone can say that will justify their shameful glorifying of this killer. I hope that terrorists in the making are not encouraged by the possibility that they too, can be made to look like pretty boys after they kill and maim innocent men, women and children.


Bill O'Reilly called it a "glamour shot", and that's the problem, I mean let's face it, he looks gorgeous. And gorgeous sells copy. But there are so many stunning people, and interesting stories, they really made a big mistake here. And how dare they blame "his family"?


Im gonna buy this just to piss everyone off now...Its just a story get over it, no one is going to die from this.

@ mandy

Are you sure? Absolutely sure that no one might be inspired to kill by this portrayal of a madman as a glamour boy? Ever heard of a copy-cat crime?


they are doing this for the publicitcy and we should not let that work we should SHUT THEM DOWN they are trying to make money and get their name out there WE SHOUD SHUT THEM DOWN they are laughing at all the victims in the face saying to bad you got hurt we still can make MONEY off this WE SHOULD SHUT THEM DOWN and let them hurt people lost arms and legs and faith in this country they are laughing at us and making money. YEAH YEAH YOU KNOW WE SHOULD SHUT THEM DOWN !!!!!!


Look...we know this was poor thinking on the part of RS...I would like it if when this cover is now being shown to talk about the story...there was a BIG red X over his pitiful head. I applaud those stores deciding not to carry the magazine. I'm all for freedom of press...we have the power of the dollar....don't buy it.


How dare they give him a spotlight in this way. It's what he wants. Thanks RS for giving this monster what he wanted all along.




I WATCHED this horror unfold on live television. I was home on the day that our city was on lockdown to find this monster and his monster of a brother, while the police surrounded the property where he was hiding in a boat, dragged his sorry ass out and shipped him to the hospital. And then? I watched as the city came together is solidarity and celebrated the first responders, the heroes, the survivors and the victims. If Rolling Stone wanted to address this issue, and tell any sort of story about him, perhaps a more appropriate cover would have been him lying on the ground, bloody and surrounded by our brave police force, not of his lounging around looking a frigging Jonas Brother. The internet is littered with websites and social media maintained by stupid teenage girls and their "omigod but he is soooo cute don't send him to prison" mentalities, and this only serves their purpose. Dedicate the cover to the hero, not the terrorist. We don't want to see his murderous, smug face at the check-out. Exalt the criminal, forget the victims? No thanks. The media has done that enough, throughout every single one of the high-profile cases all through history. Enough.


I'm not buying Rolling Stone's explanation. They put him on the cover because he looks like some new age emo rock star. Otherwise, why didn't they put the kid who shot up the elementary school on the cover? The magazine's sales are obviously slumping (mainly because they forgot how to write about music and now mostly load up each issue with far left dribble). Personally, I've never cared much for the magazine. They famously gave Led Zeppelin IV two out of five stars upon it's release in 1971. They also slammed the Rolling Stones magnum opus "Exile on Main Street" as well.

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