Saturday, 20 July 2013

Rolling Stone Boston Bomber Cover

I try to stay away from controversial topics but this story seriously worries me.

Rolling Stone magazine unvailed their latest cover featuring Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Tsarnaev who recently pled Not Guilty to 30 charges in relation to the Boston Marathon Bombing is seen casually on the cover in contrast to a mugshot causing many to refer to him as a "hot rocker."

Harriet Alexander of The Telegraph shared her frustration with her readers saying,

"But under the magazine's famous masthead, with his tousled hair and unflinching gaze at the camera, the soft-focus cover shot of the 19-year-old portrays him more like a rock star than an alleged terrorist"

The mayor of Boston Thomas Menino also commented saying the publication's cover "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment".

Of course Rolling Stone have commented on their actions explaining that the cover falls into the journalism guidelines.

"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. –THE EDITORS"

The cover has sparked controversy with many angry Rolling Stone subscribers taking to Twitter and Facebook to announce that they will be cancelling their subscription to the magazine.

What do you guys think of the cover? Let me know in the comments section below

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