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My immediate reaction when I saw Rolling Stone magazine with Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover yesterday, looking like he’s getting ready to troll Santa Monica Blvd, was to compare the magazine with the Rolling Stones. You know, two aging rock icons?
Then I reminded myself that the Rolling Stones are still relevant.
The cover of Rolling Stone was once reserved for the newest bands, the hottest singer-songwriters or the pop culture phenoms grabbing the country by the scruff of its neck.
By using that once revered space for an alleged terrorist, the magazine is squandering plenty of its accumulated good will. Even Hollywood denizens are speaking out against the use of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.
Doug Ellin, best known as one of the creative forces behind HBO’s Entourage, set the tone with this succinct Tweet:
Making a great album isn’t enough to get you on the cover of rolling stone anymore. Blowing up kids is. #pathetic
Ralph Macchio of Karate Kid fame, retweeted Ellin’s message to share the actor’s frustration with his followers.
Even Captain America himself, Chris Evans, weighed in on the matter:
Bad move, Rolling Stone
Even the official Twitter feed for The Howard Stern Show, a radio program known for its no holds barred humor, spoke out against the cover choice.
The magazine officially responded to the controversy today:
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.
Hello! Did the acid your editorial board took during ’60s really do this much damage? I’m supposed to care if Tsarnaev was led astray at Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman Honorary Mosque Number 10 or in the pressure cooker aisle at Wal-Mart?
He. Made. A. Bomb. And. Exploded. It. Next. To. A. Child. I mean, dude, hand me the needle, roll in the gurney and clear the room!
Tsarnaev’s family was radicalized (now there’s a qualifier for religious conversion: Do you want to be radicalized or just plain old Muslim?) before they left Chechnya. We don’t need to understand them; they want to freaking kill us.
The good new is some heretofore pretty idiotic Hollywood stars are speaking out about this, and a number of nationwide chains are pulling the issue. But I cannot believe that Jann Wenner thinks we’re this dumb. He was pandering to the Save Dzhokhar whackos to sell magazines and it blew up in his shorts.
Yeah, I guess that pun was intended.
I’ll be quite now.
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