Condemn Magazine for Putting Alleged Terrorist on Cover


Target: Editor of Rolling Stone Magazine

Goal: Condemn Rolling Stone Magazine for displaying alleged terrorist on the cover

The most recent cover of Rolling Stone Magazine features the alleged perpetrator of the recent Boston Bombings. The editors of the magazine are unapologetic for their decision to feature this individual on the cover.

The article that appears as the top news story on the cover of the most recent issue of Rolling Stone is entitled “The Bomber: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam, and Became a Monster,” and is written about Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the alleged bomber of the 2013 Boston Marathon. The editors have stated that they included Tsarnaev on the cover so as to speak to the current and important stories that face the United States today, and specifically because Tsarnaev is in the same age range as many of the readers of the magazine who might have similar backgrounds or stories. With the cover story, the editors indicate that the intent was to look at the tragedy through the complexities of Tsarnaev’s history as a way to prevent further horrors.

There are many critiques of the cover, however. Many are arguing that the photo chosen puts Tsarnaev into a positive light, with soft lighting and colorization that make him look similar to band members who have graced the cover of the magazine. Others are angered that Tsarnaev is being “rewarded” with “celebrity treatment” for having his face on the cover of the magazine, and say that instead, the article could have featured the inspirational stories of those who were affected by the tragedy at the marathon. Many have spoken out against Rolling Stone’s decision to use this photograph on the cover, accusing the magazine of “glamorizing terrorism,” and some stores are refusing to carry this particular of the issue for sale, out of protest against the controversial cover, including CVS pharmacies.

By signing the petition below you will be condemning Rolling Stone for their controversial cover.


Dear Rolling Stone Editor,

Your recent cover featuring Dzhokar Tsarnaev is very problematic as it glamorizes the actions that he allegedly took at the Boston Marathon, rather than celebrating those who suffered because of the bombings.

I am writing you to ask you to refrain from such insensitive covers in the future. This cover was shocking from such an influential and popular magazine that readers look to for music and entertainment. Featuring the alleged bomber in this manner trivializes the suffering of those individuals and families affected by the attack while glamorizing the individual currently under investigation for affecting this suffering. I hope that in the future you will not have such disregard for those who have faced tragedy.


[Your Name Here]

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