Rolling Stone Places Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Front and Center

Rolling Stone Places Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Front and Center

Rolling Stone’s magazine cover reads, “The Bomber How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster.” Sounds to me like this alone could be the basis for a Life Time movie, but when accompanied with a cover picture of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, as we say in Texas, “Them’s fightin’ words!”

Rolling Stone Places Terrorist Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Front and CenterI guess some corporations support this “fighting” scenario, not with IEDs, bombs or guns, but with their refusal to carry this issue of Rolling Stone. Tedeschi Foods, a New England-based grocery store chain, Kmart, CVS, Rite AidWalgreens and now 7-Eleven have all taken a stand not to carry this issue of Rolling Stone magazine, to which I loudly applaud and praise all of these corporations for their refusal.

In my opinion, Rolling Stone’s magazine cover seems to be glorifying Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by putting him in the limelight among other people that society sees as “stars” like Willie Nelson, Jay-Z, Robin Thicke and Gary Clark, Jr., all of which grace the cover in words, not pictures. This cover image, while wild-eyed, portrays a clothed, clean, groomed and shaven Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, which to me sends the message that by participating in horrific deeds, like murder, stardom can be achieved.

Rolling Stone has defended their decision of placing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev front and center by stating:

“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]

My response to Rolling Stone: “I don’t think the content of the article is the issue. The issue is your decision to place such a terrible 'monster' (your own words) on the cover of your magazine. You state, 'Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing…' so why didn’t you put their pictures on the cover? Their the ones that deserve the front cover, not Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the one who murdered them?”

How do you feel about this? Do you think your rights have been violated by not being able to purchase Rolling Stone at these stores?

What would you say to Rolling Stone magazine?

Why in the world would Rolling Stone want to glorify the actions of terror and horror in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev caused to America…our America? I simply don’t understand.

Let’s talk, discuss, share opinions and comments…and react to this!


Posted by Ginger Hill on Jul 18, 2013

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