UPDATE:Since the first spurt of outrage, chain companies have banned the sell of Rolling Stone's August issue. This includes CVS/Pharmacy, Walgreens, Kmart, Rite Aid, Stop & Shop and Tedeschi Food Shops. Company-operated 7-Eleven stores are also refusing to sell the magazine.According to an interview with Your World Cavuto, the CEO of Tedeschi said the cover feature is "grossly inappropriate."He told television personality Eric Bolling that it's "Fine to write about it, to write about the tragedy, if it can be a learning lesson, but to publicize it in such a way where you put him on the cover, I'm not sure there would be any picture they could put of him that I would feel good about."In contrary, the chairman of the department of Communication and Journalism at Suffolk University in Boston, said that a photo still could have been used, only if it were "less flattering."Robert Rosenthal said that Rolling Stone's brand is now hurt and it should reprint the issue to help lessen the damage that has already been done.
- Despite the apology, some people may not be willing to accept it. People like, Steve Marusich who has attended the Boston marathon for 5 years and now lives in Indianapolis.
- Rosenthal, an international consultant who has specialized in strategic communication for 25 years, said that it's harder to swallow as a Boston resident.
"I think it's felt a little differently here because it happened here," he said. "That's not to say that it's not felt the same way in the rest of the country, but the wound is still raw. It has not healed and I think that it was throwing salt onto that wound."He went on to say that the decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover "basically says that in order to make a buck we will violate decency." Furthermore, he believes that the cover photo and topic of choice seems to have been a "marketing ploy" that has flopped."I don't think they expected this kind of reaction," he said. "They were obviously trying to get a reaction to create readership. but it is certainly a boomerang."Issues surrounding the Boston marathon bombing is not only geographically close to home for Rosenthal, but it is also academically close to him. Students at Suffolk University contributed photos and videos to media outlets, such as Reuters, during the attack.
Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing, is on the cover of Rolling Stone's latest issue. The magazine's cover story, "Jahar's World," includes characterizations of Tsarnaev, like how he told a friend that terrorist attacks can be justified.
In response to the new cover, people in Indianapolis have taken to social media to share their thoughts. See what you’re saying.
- This is the current cover for the Rolling Stone's August issue.
- Some people shared what they thought would make a better cover for the magazine.
- Earlier today, the CVS/Pharmacy announced on its Facebook page that it has decided not to sell the controversial issue.
- Here's what people in Indiana are saying:
- Local twitter users outraged by the issue largely shared their sentiments.
- The hashtag #BoycottRollingStone has been used by protestors against Rolling Stone.