Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
— Walgreens (@Walgreens) July 17, 2013
We have decided to not sell the current issue of Rolling Stone, out of respect for the victims and their loved ones.
— CVS/pharmacy (@CVS_Extra) July 17, 2013
Earlier today, CVS announced that it will not sell the new issue of Rolling Stone, and other retailers followed suit, marking the latest form of backlash the magazine is experiencing after it decided to put Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. A glamorized photo of the accused teenage terrorist is pictured on the cover, which was released last night to instant controversy.
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino also voiced his opinion in a letter to the magazine's publisher, calling out its "obvious marketing strategy" and saying that the issue "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment." Instead, he said, the magazine should have focused on the survivors and their supporters. He wrote, "there are artists and musicians and dancers and writers," and "the survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them."
As for retailers, both Rite Aid and Kmart will not be selling the issue, either, but 7-Eleven does plan to keep it in stock. Local Boston chain Tedeschi Food Shops is also declining to sell the issue, saying it "cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone." For its part, Rolling Stone released this statement:
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.
Boston locals and Americans in general have taken to social media to protest the cover, and a Facebook page calling for a boycott has 59,000 likes and counting. Celebrities like James Van Der Beek are also joining in the uproar. The New England native wrote on Twitter, "You DO realize your cover space is all about glorification, right?" And Kelly Osbourne pointed out that Dzhokhar is an alleged murderer and "not a band." Rolling Stone says the cover simply illustrates the "deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber" highlighted inside the magazine. Check out the negative reactions to it below.
Rolling Stone - No matter what the content of the article might be, you DO realize your cover space is all about glorification, right? #Ugh
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) July 17, 2013
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) July 17, 2013
I have to say, the Rolling Stone Magazine cover with the bomber is in poor taste. We shouldn't make rock stars out of murderers.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 17, 2013