Rolling Stone cover: Are stores going too far in pulling the magazine? (+video)(Read article summary)
The image of accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in what many see as a rock-star pose has drawn a firestorm of criticism. At least six retailers have vowed not to sell that issue of Rolling Stone.
“As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones,” Rhode Island-based CVS pharmacy said in a statement.
“Music and terrorism don’t mix!” Tedeschi Food Shops posted on its Facebook page Wednesday. The company wrote it “cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone.”
The magazine’s use of a self-portrait of the 19-year-old with tousled hair in what many see as a rock-star pose for its cover drew a firestorm of criticism and concern after the magazine released a promotional image Tuesday.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino blasted the decision, saying that the cover choice was “ill-conceived, at best" and that the magazine “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment.”