The music magazine has refused to apologize for its controversial cover featuring Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino called the cover a 'total disgrace'
CVS and Walgreens are boycotting the new issue
Magazine's social media sites inundated with angry comments from people who claim the cover 'glamorizes' suspect
By DAVID MCCORMACK and JAMES NYE
Despite overwhelmingly negative reactions to the cover of its August 3 issue featuring Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the editors of Rolling Stone has refused to apologize for their controversial choice of image.
The iconic magazine has experienced a nationwide outcry over its choice of cover star with Boston Mayor Thomas Menino describing it as a 'total disgrace' and saying it should have put survivors or first responders on the cover.
Rolling Stone readers have complained on social media platforms about how the image of Tsarnaev is tasteless and makes him look like a rock star
MBTA Transit Officer Richard 'Dic' Donahue, who almost died when the Tsarnaev brothers allegedly shot him in a firefight days after the marathon attacks said, 'I cannot and do not condone the cover of the magazine.'
'Why are we glorifying a guy who created mayhem in the city of Boston?' Retorted Menino, before adding that he would be letting publisher Jann Wenner know exactly what he thinks of the decision by the respected monthly magazine.
'Why would we want to heroize this guy? He’s a terrorist. We don’t want him in our neighborhoods. We don’t want him on magazines. We don’t want him anywhere,' Menino said to WHDH.
The cover of August's edition is a self-taken portrait of Tsarnaev, 19, in which he looks more like a rock star than a terrorist. He is identified simply as ‘The Bomber’ and the article promises to explain ‘how a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam, and became a monster.’
Rather than issue an apology, Rolling Stone editors tried to defend the cover by claiming it was in keeping with their long tradition of serious journalism.
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