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Thanks to Rolling Stone, the man who is accused of killing four people and injuring 260 others looks like a rockstar. The cover of the magazine’s August 3 issue features Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers.
A suspected terrorist has no place on the cover of a magazine that promotes popstars and other musicians. It’s outrageous that the photo is eerily similar to other famous covers of Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and others. (Look at the pictures above: the one on the left is the suspected bomber. The one on the right is Jim Morrison of The Doors.)
Obviously, Rolling Stone is using this controversial photo for publicity and sales. What they fail to realize is that it’s disgusting and completely insensitive to those affected by the horrible bombings in April.
The photo has been released online but the issue isn’t in print yet. That’s why we’re demanding Rolling Stone to use a different photo on its cover. We also want the magazine to issue an apology to the bombing victims, their families, and their readers for this glorification of a suspected terrorist.
People are already speaking up and taking action. Protesters are bombarding Twitter and Rolling Stone’s Facebook page with backlash. CVS Pharmacy and other stores have vowed not to sell the August issue.
Now it’s your turn to step up and speak out. Sign and share this petition - let’s get this cover changed. We’ll deliver your signatures to Rolling Stone.
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UPDATE: 10,000! We'll deliver your name and all the others to Rolling Stone on Monday. Let's keep the pressure - 15,000 here we come.
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UPDATE: Rolling Stone just issued this statement. In summary, they a) sent their condolences to the Boston Marathon bombing victims and their families, b) defended the cover story, and c) completely failed to address the cover photo. We're not angry about the story and the magazine's investigative journalism. We're upset with the photo itself and how, by making the alleged bomber seem like a celebrity, it glorifies him. This is tasteless - keep signing and sharing until Rolling Stone acknowledges that.
UPDATE: 1,000 signatures! Keep signing and sharing.