Rolling Stone Boston Bombing Suspect Cover Sparks Huge Social Media Backlash

Jul 17, 2013 7:23pm

After it was revealed that Rolling Stone’s upcoming August issue would feature Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover, backlash exploded on social media, causing Rolling Stone to trend on Twitter for seven hours straight in the United States.

More than 100,000 tweets were shared on the matter through the day, the ABC News social media desk estimated, with one Facebook page calling for a boycott of the magazine reaching more than 80,000 likes in the course of an afternoon.

CVS, Walgreens and Rite Aid announced via Twitter that they would pull the issue from their shelves.

Readers, celebrities and musicians also took the opportunity to share their thoughts, both defending and lambasting the magazine’s move. Here are some of the most retweeted reactions of the day.

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Facebook page "Boycott Rolling Stone Magazine for their latest cover" saw 82K likes in one afternoon

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