Rolling Stone Boston Bombing Suspect Cover Sparks Huge Social Media Backlash
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.
We have decided to not sell the current issue of Rolling Stone, out of respect for the victims and their loved ones.
— CVS/pharmacy (@CVS_Extra) July 17, 2013
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine.
— Walgreens (@Walgreens) July 17, 2013
Out of respect to everyone affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, Rite Aid has decided not to sell the latest issue of Rolling Stone.
— Rite Aid (@riteaid) July 17, 2013
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.
Apparently all this time I've been trying to get on the cover of Rolling Stone the HARD way.
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 17, 2013
You always think as an artist "If I ever get on the Rolling Stone I'll know I've made it!" That was until they started promoting terrorists.
— John Rich (@johnrich) July 17, 2013
Rolling Stone you should be ashamed. How about one of the courageous victims on your cover instead of this loser scum bag ! #RollingStone
— Dropkick Murphys (@DropkickMurphys) July 17, 2013
— Kelly Osbourne (@KellyOsbourne) July 17, 2013
Rolling Stone - No matter what the content of the article might be, you DO realize your cover space is all about glorification, right? #Ugh
— James Van Der Beek (@vanderjames) July 17, 2013
That 'outrageous' Rolling Stone Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover photo was the NY Times front pg back in May. pic.twitter.com/kI6owp3VXH
— Peter Hart (@peterfhart) July 17, 2013
I just canceled my 22-year subscription to Rolling Stone. Glorifying terrorists is a long way from Springsteen and Nirvana.
— Kirk Minihane (@kirkmin) July 17, 2013
It will be easy for me to boycott Rolling Stone because I never buy it anyway.
— Doug Benson (@DougBenson) July 17, 2013
The Rolling Stone cover is shocking to people who don't realize Rolling Stone does actual journalism.
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) July 17, 2013