Rolling Stone magazine which claims thoughtful reporting of music, entertainment and occasionally distasteful personalities as its priorities has come under fire for its recent and less than thoughtful cover of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, the Boston Terrorist. Admittedly its reporter may have done a great job in tracing the life and transformation of this terrorist but perhaps pictures of brave survivors of the Boston terrorist attack or even a less appealing picture of the terrorist, would have been better. Nonetheless there is something cold about the liberal magazine Rolling Stone’s display of utter disregard for the Boston Marathon terrorist attack, its victims and the country’s sentiments. Under the garb of reporting, the magazine does display its anti-American feelings ever so often.
Pleasantly surprising is also that some US businesses have reacted to this senseless display of crassness. Three major US pharmacies – CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid, said they would not sell the magazine “out of respect” for the victims and their relatives. New England-based Tedeschi Food Shops was one of several grocery and supermarket businesses to announce a similar boycott. A statement on its Facebook page said: “We will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don’t mix!” Outraged online commentators deluged the Rolling Stone Facebook page with complaints that the cover was “tasteless” and “offensive”.
The Telegraph reports: With tousled hair and an unflinching gaze, the soft-focus photograph on the cover of Rolling Stone could be of a rock star in his pouting prime. Instead, the image is of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged perpetrator of the Boston marathon bombings. And the decision to place a man currently in prison awaiting trial for killing three people and injuring 264 others on the coveted cover of the magazine has caused revulsion. The magazine has been accused of glamorizing terrorists. Thomas Menino, the mayor of Boston, said the magazine cover was “a total disgrace”, adding: “It should have been about survivors or first responders. Why are we glorifying a guy who created mayhem in the city of Boston? I am going to be in touch with the publishers and tell them how I feel about it.”
Dzhokar Tsarnaev is a classic case of homegrown terrorism. On the surface, they seem well-adjusted but harbor malicious feelings toward a land and its people. The Boston terrorist and his family had no compunctions in receiving various benefits and opportunities in this land but when it came to defending its values and freedoms and what America stood for, they found themselves pledging their allegiance to people and causes completely inimical to America! Homegrown terrorists are now intent on destroying themselves and other innocent men, women and children for some strange ideology. They are willing to destroy something they never built nor created. Images of people dying or being killed in distant lands of their fathers and forefathers has become their rallying cry for destruction of America! A religion they never grew up with but became fascinated with its twisted ideology has come to dominate their life. Did these people consider leaving America and living in the distant lands they were willing to kill innocents for? Did Rolling Stone consider the death and destruction their latest cover celebrity had wrecked on families who lost their loved ones and many others whose limbs were torn apart?