Donate Profits from Controversial Magazine Cover to Boston Marathon Victims

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Target: Rolling Stone Magazine Editor and Publisher, Jann S. Wenner

Goal: Use magazine profits from cover photo of suspected Boston bomber to benefit victims.

Rolling Stone magazine recently caused quite a controversy after featuring suspected Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on its cover. The multi-million dollar publication received publicity and profits from the story. Please sign this petition urging Rolling Stone to donate all profits from that issue to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

When Rolling Stone featured suspected Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on the cover of its August, 2013 issue, everyone had an opinion. Many felt the personal photo glamorized Tsarnaev and awarded his malicious acts by depicting him as a rock star. While the actual article is being praised as one of the best on the subject of the Boston Marathon bombings, the cover photo has fallen under intense scrutiny. Public calls to boycott the magazine started instantly after it hit newsstand.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is the suspected bomber of the 2013 Boston Marathon. He and his brother are accused of killing three people and injuring 264 after detonating two homemade bombs at the finish line of the Marathon. His older brother was killed in a police shoot-out following the bombing.

In order for Rolling Stone to make this cover right, it must apologize to the hundreds of victims and their families for even the possibility of offending them. In 2012, the magazine generated a total advertising revenue of 167.35 million dollars. Please sign this petition urging Rolling Stone to donate all profits (retail and advertising) generated from the August issue to the victims, surviving family members, and first responders affected by the Boston Marathon Bombings.


Dear Mr. Wenner,

As the editor and publisher of Rolling Stone magazine, it is your responsibility to publish what you believe to be newsworthy. The August, 2013 story about alleged Boston Marathon bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is being praised as one of the best covering the story. The cover of that issue, however, continues to create controversy. The depiction of Tsarnaev on the cover looks more like a rock star than a terrorist. I am writing to urge you donate all profits from the issue to the victims of the bombings.

After controversy erupted, Rolling Stone released a statement defending the cover saying, “The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.”

The statement makes me think you have the wrong idea as to why this issue has created such a stir. No one is against the article, it’s the cover that depicts the suspected terrorist as a rock star that has people up in arms. Obviously the controversy increased sales for the magazine, and thus you were able to profit from the attack. It is now time to quell the chatter and make a decision that puts the victims of the attack first.

I am calling on you to donate all the profits made from the controversial issue, both retail and advertising revenue, to the victims, surviving family members, and first responders who were affected by the Boston Marathon bombings. Rather than profit from the terror attack, show your compassion for the victims by supporting them when they need it most.


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