Target: Jann S. Wenner, Editor of Rolling Stone
Goal: Apologize for cover glamorizing Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Recently, the magazine Rolling Stone released the latest issue of their magazine featuring a story about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect for the bombing of the Boston Marathon. This cover has sparked outrage from those who feel that the person accused of the atrocity should not be allowed the fame that comes with the cover of a national pop culture magazine. Rolling Stone has a history of featuring famous musicians and actors on the cover, and many feel that Tsarnaev should not be raised to that level. The magazine could have written about Tsarnaev without giving him the fame that comes with a cover feature.
The picture on the cover shows Tsarnaev with shaggy hair, mustache, goatee, and staring directly into the camera. Readers of the magazine have compared the picture to similar past covers featuring musicians such as Bob Marley and Jim Morrison. This comparison has led many to believe that Rolling Stone is attempting to glamorize Tsarnaev. They are attempting to show humanity in a person that many would call a monster. He is accused of an act of terrorism that affected hundreds of lives. Though he is still human, he does not deserve to be rewarded by being glamorized and given fame with the cover of a national pop culture magazine.
Tsarnaev is accused of committing a terrible act that resulted in multiple deaths and changed the lives of hundreds of people. He does not deserve to be treated like a rock star. Being on the cover of a pop culture magazine such as Rolling Stone is seen as an honor, which Tsarnaev does not deserve. Many readers have said they will boycott the magazine for this controversial cover, but the magazine has not made any comment on the issue. Tell Rolling Stone that they must apologize for glamorizing an accused terrorist with this cover.
Dear Ms. Wenner:
Recently, Rolling Stone released an issue that featured Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. Tsarnaev is accused of committing the bombing at the Boston Marathon, an atrocious act that killed multiple people and permanently changed the lives of hundreds of others. Many of your readers see a feature on the cover of your magazine as an honor. Tsarnaev did not deserve this honor.
I ask you to apologize for featuring Tsarnaev on the cover. Those accused of such heinous crimes do not deserve to be rewarded by being glamorized. It is sending a message to the readers of your magazine that mass murderers deserve to have their face known to the country. Do not give Tsarnaev and other criminals the attention they seek. Apologize for this glamorization of a horrible crime.
[Your Name Here]
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