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Rolling Stone’s Bomber Issue and 13 More Controversial Magazine Covers

By Sarah Bernard |

Rolling Stone magazine’s decision to use this particular image of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev– where he looks almost like Jim Morrison with thick, shaggy hair — set off a firestorm of controversy, otherwise known as buzz. The magazine is no stranger to provocative cover choices – and for good reason. While retailers have loudly trumpeted the fact that they’re refusing to stock the issue because of what they’re calling the magazine’s perceived insensitivity and “glamorization” of an alleged murderer, people are talking, as they say. Here’s a look back at some other magazine covers that incensed readers, inflamed passions, and pressed buttons.


Rolling Stone’s Bomber Issue and 13 More Controversial Magazine Covers

Rolling Stone, 2013

Rolling Stone magazine's decision to feature this image of Boston Marathon Bomber Dzhohkar Tsarnaev on the cover caused outrage online and and prompted retailers like CVS and grocery chain Tedeschi Food Shops to ban the issue. The complaint is that the magazine is glamorizing and glorifying the accused killer. The "Boycott Rolling Stone For Their Latest Cover" Facebook page has more than 161,000 likes as of this writing. 

Image Courtesy Rolling Stone Magazine

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