Boycotts, Blast from Boston Mayor Greet Rolling Stone Cover on Tsarnaev


Rolling Stone's glam cover treatment of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – putting him in an iconic slot usually reserved for rock stars – drew outrage and newsstand boycotts, reports the Boston Herald. “They opened up some wounds that they had no business doing,” said Peter Brown, whose nephews J.P. and Paul Norden each lost their right legs in the April 15 attacks. “They owe the victims an apology.” Stop & Shop, CVS, Tedeschi Food Shops, Cumberland Farms, and Walgreens all announced they are boycotting Rolling Stone. Managing editor Will Dana defended the cover on NPR, saying it was “an apt image” and brushing off criticism that the publication glorified the 19-year-old Tsarnaev. “Part of what the story's about is what an incredibly normal kid he seemed like to those who knew him best back in Cambridge – his fellow students and the teachers there,” Dana said. Mayor Thomas Menino sent an angry letter to Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, calling the cover “ill-conceived, at best” and saying it overshadows the story it was designed to sell.

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