The drugstore chain CVS and Tedeschi Food Shops, both based in New England, have announced they won’t sell the new issue of Rolling Stone magazine because it features a dreamy cover photo of Dzhohkar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three and injured hundreds.
CVS, based in Woonsocket, R.I., announced on Wednesday morning that the August issue of Rolling Stone would not be sold in its stores.
“Music and terrorism don’t mix!” declares the Facebook page of Tedeschi Food Shops in its announcement that the New England supermarket chain will not stock the new Rolling Stone because the company “cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone.”
This week’s cover of the publication known for its interviews with rock stars shows a goateed Tsarnaev, 19, with a melancholic expression, his tousled brown curls falling gently into his eyes.
The US magazine was under fire Wednesday for placing Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover, which critics said treats the Boston bombing suspect almost like a pop celebrity.
US officials charge that Tsarnaev, working with now deceased older brother Tamerlan, set the bombs.
Tsarnaev faces a 30-count indictment — including 17 counts punishable by death — for his role in the April 15 twin blasts at the city’s marathon that killed three people and wounded more than 260.
Rolling Stone’s Facebook page was filled with comments Wednesday, including one from a poster named Shawn Anthony, who said it was wrong to make a celebrity out of Tsarnaev.
“Why give the guy the cover of Rolling Stone?,” he posted. “Don’t make martyrs out of these people.”
“Oh look, Rolling Stone magazine is glamorizing terrorism. Awesome,” posted Adrienne Graham. “I will NOT be buying this issue, or any future issues.”
Others, such as Tom Guerra, said Rolling Stone should have featured a boy who perished in the explosions, which are also blamed on Tsarnaev’s older brother Tamerlan killed in a shootout with police several days later.
“Maybe a pic of the little 8 year old boy that was killed by this piece of garbage would have made a better cover,” he posted. “Cancel my subscription to your publication.”
The comparison to the iconic Morrison magazine cover was pointed out by others.
“New Rolling Stone cover turns the Boston bomber into Jim Morrison,” tweeted Judd Legum of the ThinkProgress political blog, along with side-by-side snapshots of the two covers.
Earlier this month, Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to all charges against him in US federal court.