Several retailers won't sell Rolling Stone issue featuring Boston Marathon suspect cover

Several retailers won't sell Rolling Stone issue featuring Boston Marathon suspect cover

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The Internet is in an uproar over the Facebook post of the upcoming cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and two major chains have already said they won't be selling the issue. The cover shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, looking more like a rock star than a criminal suspect, according to many. CVS and Tedeschi Food Shops, a chain based in Massachusetts, have said they will not sell the issue.

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by MARY HALL

WFAA and Associated Press reports

Posted on July 17, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 17 at 3:49 PM

The Internet is in an uproar over the Facebook post of the upcoming cover of Rolling Stone magazine, and two major New England-based retail chains have already said they won't be selling the issue.

The cover shows Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, looking more like a rock star than a criminal suspect, according to many talking about the cover online.

Pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens, and Tedeschi Food Shops, a convenience store chain based in Massachusetts, have said they will not sell the issue.

"Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone," Tedeschi wrote on their Facebook page. "With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don't mix!"

CVS said on their Facebook page the company has "deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston" and they wouldn't carry the issue "out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."

Since it was posted Tuesday night on the magazine's Facebook page, the photo has had over 4,000 shares and 13,000 comments, many of them expressing outrage, calling the cover “shameful” and “disgusting."

“Been a subscriber since 1982 - cancelling tonight. I am beyond words....” wrote Tim Snell on Rolling Stone's Facebook page.

Twitter user Andy Lassner responded with sarcasm, “In their defense @Rolling Stone had no choice after Hitler failed to show up for his photo shoot.”

Rolling Stone editors said in a statement to the Associated Press that the story falls within the traditions of journalism and the magazine's commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage.

"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 statement said.

The cover was ill-conceived at best and reaffirms a message that destruction gains fame for killers, Boston Mayor Tom Menino wrote in a letter to Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner.

"Among those we lost, those who survived, and those who help carry them forward, there are artists and musicians and dancers and writers. They have dreams and plans," he wrote. "They struggle and strive. The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, although I no longer feel that Rolling Stone deserves them."

The magazine’s website says the article delivers a “deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev” and shares five revelations about the suspect.

WFAA posted a picture of the cover on our Facebook page, which also drew strong reactions.

“He's a murderer and a coward," Heidi Wilson commented on the post about the cover. "He deserves no publicity!”

Some users defended the story for journalistic purposes, but not the cover photo Rolling Stone used.

"So you are saying you wouldn't want to read the reasons and events that turned this guy into a bomber? So that we maybe able to prevent it or help ourselves from becoming one too? [sic]" John Nailling wrote.

Others felt the topic was better left to traditional news organizations.

"Let him tell his story on a news show like 20/20. They tell the good, bad and the ugly," Phoebe Conklin wrote. "The Rolling Stone is suppose to be an entertainment magazine. [sic]"

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the Boston bombings that killed three and wounded more than 260.

The issue is scheduled to hit newsstands on August 3.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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