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Rolling Stone is Wrong, Plain Old Wrong

Dzhokhar-Tsarnaev-Boston-BombingI know it’s not cool, chic, nor politically correct to say:  but there is a right, and there is a wrong.  Rolling Stone’s decision to feature Dzokhar Tsarnaev, Boston terror bomb suspect, on its cover is wrong.  Just plain wrong.

Plus sick and misguided.

Since when does a “suspected” terrorist get a dreamy, artistically-styled front cover generally reserved for rock stars? 

(That wasn’t him bragging to others that he was the bomber?  We didn’t see him in surveillance shots 978xat the scene of the crime?  They didn’t highjack a car—and a student—Dzokhar ran over his brother, and then had a shoot-out with police from his hideout in somebody’s backyard boat?)

Oh. come. on.

I realize that middle-aged mothers of four, hip and happenin’ though we may be, are not the mag’s target audience.  But styling the kid in an Armani shirt and giving hm the cover?

boston boomDisgusting.  Outrageous.  Which I understand is exactly the point—push the envelope, blur the boundaries, shake up suburbia.

But really.

It’s tasteless and vile. 

Who cares if they “examine” what were the complexities conspiring to create a “monster”-?  Who cares?  Innocent bystanders lost their lives in a coward’s way to conflict, giving credence that suspect1_405883bthere are very few terrorists these days who are not Islamic maniacs.  If a picture is worth a thousand words, you already gave him a high-five by placing him front-and-center, a cover spread.

Shameful.

008814-fbi-releases-images-of-boston-suspectsKudos to CVS, Walgreens, Tedeschi Foods, Rite-Aid, Kmart, .and other retailers who refuse to carry August’s Rolling Stone magazine.  Call me old-fashioned, but I don’t want to buy books written by, or art created by, or dreamy cover stories about… criminals… convicted or otherwise.

News stories, yes.  But the glorification and idolization of terrorists, no, whether by words, or by images.

It’s wrong.  It’s just plain wrong.

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4 Comments : Leave a Reply

  1. avatar Jeremy says:

    It is a tragedy that they are trying to glamorize this guy. Keep in mind that they featured murderer Charles Manson once on their cover, too. PR, plain and simple. Thank you for speaking out and being a voice of reason. There’s no justification for this.

  2. avatar Sam says:

    It is distasteful – but also compelling journalism that makes an important point. Those scary terrorists? Look a whole like us:
    http://mobile.slate.com/blogs/browbeat/2013/07/17/boston_bomber_rolling_stone_cover_with_dzokhar_tsarnaev_is_good_journalism.html

    • avatar admin says:

      I agree, Sam, that we need to examine what makes a person or group snap, or go astray, or on the other hand, accomplish great things. Nothing wrong with that. But a cover… no….

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