My Daily Observation... July 17, 2013 F*CK YOU ROLLING STONE!

July 17, 2013

Rolling Stone released the cover for the August 3, 2013 issue yesterday.
And in my opinion, they are trying to make #2 look good, and they are trying to drum up sympathy for him. Fanning the flames of the misguided teens who have begun worshipping him like a "rock star", which is what most people who grace the cover of Rolling Stone actually are! Money is being sent to him in prison, protests are organized outside of his court appearances, and online there are constant posts claiming that #2 was framed, or that he is being railroaded by an unjust government.

I don't have a problem with the magazine writing an article about #2. Many people have questions about WHY the bombing happened, what led up to the radicalism of #1 and #2, and whether it could have been prevented. But there are a thousand options for a visual to go along with that article. Rolling Stone purposefully chose this image, which makes #2 look "good". They say that a "picture speaks a thousand words" right? So Rolling Stone, what words are you trying to speak with this picture? 

And when asked, Rolling Stone said that the controversy surrounding this cover, is similar to that of the 1970 cover of Charles Manson.
(which, had I been alive when it was published I would have had a problem with also)

But is it just me, or does this cover of Manson, not put him in a positive light, the way that #2's picture does?

On their website, this article was released as well, talking about the upcoming expose'.

"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. Here are five revelations about Tsarnaev from our latest cover story, "Jahar's World":

• As Jahar lay in the boat, surrounded by SWAT teams and police, FBI negotiators mentioned a public plea for his surrender from his former wrestling coach. An agent on the scene later told the coach that it could have been this name from the past – and the memory of that past – both of which were invoked during the standoff, that convinced Jahar to ultimately give up.

• Around 2008, Jahar’s older brother Tamerlan confided to his mother that he felt like "two people" were inside him. She confided this to a close friend who felt he might need a psychiatrist, but Zubeidat believed that religion would be the cure for her son’s inner demons and growing mental instability, and pushed him deeper into Islam.

• Jahar's high school, Cambridge Rindge and Latin, is famously diverse, but Jahar played down the fact that he was a Muslim. As his brother and mother became more religious, he did, however, attend a small Friday prayer group that met at lunchtime, and once got quite upset when a friend who'd converted to Islam talked about it in a casual way. "Islam wasn't casual to Jahar," says one friend. "He took his religion seriously."

• Jahar shared few details of his troubled home life with even his closest friends. In the months leading up to the bombing, his family had disintegrated. His parents were both living in Russia. His two older sisters were estranged. Only Tamerlan,   who was becoming increasingly devout and judgmental of all non-Muslims, was still in Boston. When one of Jahar’s friends asked to meet Tamerlan, Jahar said,  "No, you don't want to meet him."

• Jahar never spoke about 9/11. Once, though, he let slip to a high school friend that he thought the terrorist attacks could be justified, and pointed to US policies towards Muslim countries and US drone strikes and other attacks as his rationale.

I have been a regular reader of Rolling Stone for many years. And this has tipped me over the edge! And, I'm not the only one! 
Retailers are getting involved as well. Today CVS announced via facebook

"CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. 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."
Very classy CVS!

Tedeschi Stores released a similar statement.

"Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone. With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don't mix!"

And add Walgreens to the list of retailers who are boycotting too.

"Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine."

Whenever a tragedy happens, especially with the recent mass shootings, people talk about how the "fame factor" plays into the shooters motives. The yearning to become "known" for something big. To make a name for themselves. There is a lot of evidence to support this theory. I don't know if that ever entered the mind of #2 as he planned the bombing with his brother or not. But, I can only imagine that someone looking at this magazine cover, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THE TEXT SAYS, is reading "fame" into this image. What ideas of "rock star level" fame are entering their heads because they think they will end up "on the cover of the Rolling Stone"
Why not focus all of this attention where it truly belongs, with the victims! Those are the faces that people should see on the news stands! Those are the eyes people should be looking into! 

MBTA officer Dic Donohue, who was shot in the Watertown shootout released this statement.
"The City of Boston and the surrounding communities have faced many challenges since the bombings at the marathon finish line.  The new cover of Rolling Stone has garnered much attention due to its sensationalized depiction of one of the alleged bombers.  My family and I were personally affected by these individuals’ actions.  I cannot and do not condone the cover of the magazine, which is thoughtless at best.  However, I appreciate our country’s protection of free speech afforded to us by the Constitution.  I am confident that our Boston Strong community will remain intrepid and unshaken by the cover of this magazine."

The editors of the magazine released this statement:
"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens."

Really Rolling Stone? If your thoughts are "ALWAYS" with the victims and their families... You must have been thinking of them when you chose this cover, RIGHT?

Nope, you were thinking about press and magazine sales, and for that I say F*CK YOU!