‘Rolling Stone’ magazine certainly struck a nerve by making surviving Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev their cover photo for their latest issue. Many are upset about the editorial decision and have gone online to voice their displeasure, much like Disturbed and Device frontman David Draiman‘s recent rant. You can add Motley Crue and Sixx: A.M.‘s Nikki Sixx among those whose discussion of the topic couldn’t be relegated to a 140-character Twitter post.
Sixx chose to use his post as a conversation-starter, addressing the ways he feels ‘Rolling Stone’ was wrong for disrespecting the families of the Boston bombing victims. He also questions the subject matter fronting a music magazine and how it lessens the prestige for all the musicians making the cover in the past.
The Motley Crue bassist’s full commentary on the situation can be read below:
I understand journalism but Rolling Stone has disrespected the families of the Boston bombing victims 100%.
Why not put photos of the victims and families on the cover and let that tell the story of courage and heartbreak? You could keep the photo of this terrorist inside if need be and report your story.I am sure you are aware of the pain you were about to cause all the families when you went to print…
I know journalism isn’t pretty when you have the face of evil staring back at you but why put him on the cover of a supposed music oriented magazine? You treat him with the same honor as those of us who have made the cover based on our craft?
I agree with many of my peers and I hope Rolling Stone can take responsibility and issue an apology to everybody who’s lives has been affected…
FEEL FREE TO DEBATE HERE…N
For their part, ‘Rolling Stone’ magazine’s editors have issued a statement that the story falls within the traditions of journalism and their commitment to coverage.
It reads as follows:
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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 fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens. –THE EDITORS
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