Critics of Rolling Stone cover flock to Web

Even before it hit stands, Rolling Stone's decision to put a photo of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its latest issue, caused an online stir. Some decried the decision, others seemed to not understand what the controversy was about.

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  1. Many took the magazine itself to task for running the photo, some wondering why a supposed "entertainment" magazine was covering any aspect of the bombings at all.
  2. I loved this magazine when I was young. It's pathetic to see what it's become. And the Herald pretty much nails what irks people in this editorial. Being "on the cover of the Rolling Stone" will never mean what it used to mean, ever again.
  3. Others noted that traditional news magazines don't always feature hard news in their cover stories and that Rolling Stone has covered issues outside of music since its inception.
  4. Some thought the reaction to the cover photo was unwarranted.
  5. If Rolling Stone had put an ugly, guilty, or bomber-esque photo of Tsarnaev on the cover, would we all be so angry still? I have to say, I am a bit shocked and disturbed that everyone is so taken aback by the cover. I think it is critical to start the conversation regarding "how can something like this happen" by asking the hard question of "how can something like this happen to such a normal, attractive, well-liked scholar athlete of a kid attending one of the best public schools in America in a diverse and ethnically tolerant city like Cambridge?" I, for one, think the photograph itself begs the question, and I can't seem to understand why folks aren't seeing the larger context of why RS might have chosen to publish that particular photograph. The photograph itself causes us to be uncomfortable and to question how THIS kid did this to us....and to himself. I think it is a very important question.
  6. Comedian and actor Marc Maron pointed out this wouldn't be the first time Rolling Stone featured someone infamous on its cover.
  7. Even musician/comedian "Weird Al" Yankovic weighed in on the topic.
  8. The cover prompted boycotts and decisions to not carry the issue in certain venues.