Jul. 18, 2013

BAD TASTE: On The Cover of the Rolling Stone

(Rollin' Stone...) Wanna see our pictures on the cover
(Stone...) Wanna buy five copies for our mothers...(Yeah)
(Stone...) Wanna see my smilin face
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone 
(Dr. Hook)

What does it mean to be on the cover of the Rolling Stone Magazine?

While it is true the magazine has always covered cultural issues of the day. We have seen Charles Manson, presidents, foreign leaders AND Justin Bieber and every other significant pop star.

The magazine has great writers like Matt Taibi and had the article that ousted General Stanley McChrystal from his high-ranking position in the Obama administration. There is no doubt, Rolling Stone serves a purpose to put ideas and news stories out there for a willing audience who loves to read the publication.

With all that said, putting a glamorous picture of alleged 19-year-old Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has sparked a journalistic debate. I personally feel the cover is in bad taste, but will concede if you read the article, the picture makes sense. The article is about a likeable and normal-seeming Americanized youth who did a bad thing.

Here is my main issue. I believe it is tasteless and insensitive to glamorize this young man. While he has plead "Not Guilty," there is a lot of evidence stacked up against him and he likely will never see the light of day as a free man ever again.

Rolling Stone wrote a great article, but completely lost a lot of people with the picture of Tsarnaev on the cover. Why not publish a picture of him in handcuffs, or shackles? Would that have sold LESS magazines? Wouldn't THAT image send a message that it is NOT okay to blow up Americans watching a marathon.

You decide. I just wanted to put that out there.