Rolling Stone magazine must be doing fantastically well with subscriptions, because they are set to lose a hell of a lot of them with this latest announcement:
In the new issue of Rolling Stone, contributing editor Janet Reitman delivers a deeply reported account of the life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev. Reitman spent the last two months interviewing dozens of sources – childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case – to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.
Considering the vehement backlash on social media sites, maybe the magazine should have emphasized the ‘monster’ angle a little more, rather than plastering a selfie of the Islamist terrorist that makes him look like Jim Morrison reborn. Obviously, Rolling Stone means to put out a detailed, fine article about the troubled history of Tsarnaev, and one can be sure that they in no way mean to apologize for his actions. But none of that is going to matter to the general public, who justifiably associate the cover of the magazine to Rock n’ Roll greats like the Beatles, Doors, etc,.
Here are some reactions from the twitterverse:
I just canceled my 22-year subscription to Rolling Stone. Glorifying terrorists is a long way from Springsteen and Nirvana.—
Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) July 17, 2013
New Rolling Stone cover turns the Boston bomber into Jim Morrison.
Hey, Rolling Stone, maybe don't put domestic terrorists on the cover! The fuck!—
Josh Hegarty (@joshhegarty) July 16, 2013