UPDATE: Boston Mayor Thomas Menino wrote a letter to Rolling Stone condemning the cover.
Boston Mayor Menino's response to bombing Rolling Stone cover: "Rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment." pic.twitter.com/vXwhWnCuPc— ABC News (@ABC) July 17, 2013
CVS and Walgreens have announced via Twitter that they will not sell the controversial issue of Rolling Stone
We have decided to not sell the current issue of Rolling Stone, out of respect for the victims and their loved ones.— CVS/pharmacy (@CVS_Extra) July 17, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine.— Walgreens (@Walgreens) July 17, 2013
(NEWSER) – Controversial might be too weak a word:Rolling Stone's latest cover star is accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The decision to feature a glossy image of the alleged criminal on the front of millions of magazines has not gone down well with many, who have taken to Rolling Stone's Facebook page to protest by the thousands, reports Business Insider. A sampling of the more polite reactions:
- "Jeff Bauman, who lost both legs, should be on cover."
- "I am ending my subscription. ... Who's next, George Zimmerman?? Rolling Stone is a music magazine, not the Taliban Times. "
- "Can we get 1 million likes to have this issue pulled...!!!"
- "Wow, putting this guy on the cover of a pop culture magazine in a Jim Morrison pose? Way to perpetuate the notion that crimes on this level will garnish attention for sociopaths who are out to seek it. This is sickening..."