“Rolling Stone” has been one of the most controversial magazines over the last few years. While it once focused on music and pop culture, it has taken a turn into the political world, and these stories have been some of the most talked about in “Rolling Stone” history. From getting General Stanley McChrystal fired to having the reporter who wrote the story die in a bizarre accident a few weeks ago, it’s safe to say that “Rolling Stone” has officially entered the world of politics. They continued this practice again this month when they profiled the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in this month’s issue.
While it is perfectly legitimate for them to inform the American people of what may have caused this young man to take a turn for the worst, “Rolling Stone” went a step too far when they placed him on the cover of their magazine. Not only did he get the front cover, but the way in which the layout was done made him look, not like a terrorist, but instead like one of the celebrities that often grace the cover of the classic magazine. Basically, they turned Tsarnaev, who killed and maimed dozens of Americans, a rock star, and they simultaneously outraged a large percentage of Americans while they were at it.
Americans are so outraged that many stores have even stated that they would not be featuring the magazine in their stores. CVS, among with other companies, have stated this, and I applaud them for the work that they have done in hindering this terrorist from being turned into a rock star. We are, after all, a country who has freedom of the press, but we also allow companies to decide what they choose to put on their shelves. These companies are expressing their disapproval of such a cover, and, in doing so, exercising their Constitutional rights.
“Rolling Stone” has defended itself saying that they are putting something that is relevant on the cover of their publication. While I understand that they want to sell issues by being controversial and relevant, they must understand that those who were victims of the Boston bombing are going to look at the one living person who caused their trauma and injuries every time they walk past a news stand. The person who attacked them isn’t painted as the vitriolic and mean person he is though. Instead, he is made to look like a glamorous celebrity. This is just wrong, and “Rolling Stone” needs to issue an apology to the victims and their families for having to see the man who attacked them made out to be some kind of celebrity the whole time that the magazine is on news stands.
While some who read this may think that my opinion is harsh, I just feel very passionate about the issue. I would not have minded if they had used a cover that showed Tsarnaev in a different light, but the fact that those who have not seen or heard of him would think he is another celebrity or singer after viewing the cover is what I find troubling. The simple fact of the matter is that he is a terrorist, and he should be treated him like one. After all, there are some sick and twisted individuals who may take note and do something similar to what he did just to be on the cover of a magazine.
May God Bless America,
The Generation X Conservative