Rolling Stone has come under fire for their most recent cover, which features the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The photo, a shot Tsarnaev took of himself, has drawn comparisons to previous covers featuring teen idols, leading some to believe that the magazine is glorifying the suspected terrorist.
Hours after the cover was revealed on Tuesday night (July 16), a Facebook group called “Boycott Rolling Stone Magazine For Their Latest Cover” was created, which at press time, was at 166,000 Likes. CVS, along with New England-based Tedeschi Food Shops, announced they will not sell the issue in stores. By Wednesday, other stores including Walgreens, Cumberland Farms and Stop & Shop announced that they will not be selling the issue, either. Others, however, were quick to point out that the story was written by Janet Reitman, a well-respected investigative journalist who spent two months researching Tsarnaev’s story, and that the photo Rolling Stone used was featured in stories published by other publications, including the front page of The New York Times. On their website, the editors of the Rolling Stone wrote a brief note to readers which defends their story on Tsarnaev:
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
A former Art Director at the magazine wondered if people would be as upset about the cover if the logo didn’t cover the young man’s head, citing the mag’s Charles Manson cover from the ’70s, which featured the logo far off in the corner, away from Manson himself. “This meant critical distance was maintained,” he wrote. “There was no endorsement, and no outrage (not that I can remember!)” But no matter your opinion about this controversy, most would agree gracing the cover of Rolling Stone is a huge honor for any musician (or celebrity, for that matter). With that in mind, Radio.com came up with a list of five different covers the magazine could have used instead.
A Look At The “New” (and “Cool”?) Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac is one of Rolling Stone’s bread and butter bands. Many people who read Rolling Stone in its ’70s prime still read Rolling Stone — something the mag is not only aware of, but caters to. With their recent tour and the announcement of new music to come, it’s surprising Fleetwood Mac haven’t already garnered a cover story this spring or summer, and they haven’t been on the cover since 1997. Now that the Mac is back, the magazine can take a deeper look at who they are now and what changed in the 16 years since they last graced the cover, from Christine McVie’s final exit to Mick Fleetwood’s wine venture to how Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham really feel about one another.
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–Shannon Carlin, Radio.com