Stores drop Rolling Stone with Tsarnaev

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NEW YORK — Accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s face on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone sparked a backlash against the magazine Wednesday in social media and in boardrooms around the country.

“THE BOMBER,” the cover reads. “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”

The photo of a tousle-haired, thinly goateed Tsarnaev is one the suspect posted online himself and has been picked up by other outlets. But a groundswell of criticism objecting to its prominent play emerged on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook and among leaders in Boston, where the marathon bombings killed three people, wounded more than 200 and led to a frantic manhunt that left a police officer dead.


(Photo Illustration by Sean McCabe / Rolling Stone)

Ed Kelly, president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Massachusetts, called it “insulting.” Using Tsarnaev’s booking photo might have been one thing, but a photo that shows “the innocence of youth” gives the wrong message, Kelly told CNN.

“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.”

Three prominent New England-based businesses — CVS pharmacies, Stop & Stop, and Tedeschi Food Shops — heard the public outcry and announced they will not sell that edition, which will be on newsstands soon.

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  • what ever

    who cares if he is on a magazine……….yes he did kill and injure lots of innocent people but so has obama and he is our president , now think about how sick and disgusting it is to have obama as our president, we should impeach him today.

  • Amadna

    Do you think that if was it was a different magazine people would not be so upset? I have never read rolling stone magazine, but watching the news you say that it this magazine covers The New whats going on and "thoughtful coverage of the most political and cultural issues of today" i am pretty sure that this is that. I don't ever know what this article is about, all I am hearing about it is people don't like the PITCHER its a pitcher people. People should be reading it, instead of looking at the PITCHER! The pitcher is to get your attestation AND LOOK IT DID THE JOB! This is what people are talking about. If people want to be upset shouldent they be upset about the Words not the Cover of the magazine. That's stupid. DON'T READ A BOOK BY ITS COVER! That's what i think.

  • Skip

    Yeah, usually it's Springsteen or Rihanna on the cover – not a criminal. We got the magazine in the mail already and I've skimmed the story. The media runs these kinds of stories frequently. People are curious and wonder why did this person turn against the USA, when his family came here for a better life?