Rolling Stone has received a lot of backlash for putting him on the cover. Some national companies are boycotting by not carrying the issue in their stores, including CVS and Walgreens. Many Americans are upset and offended by the idea of Tsarnaev being on the cover. The argument is that by having him on the cover, he will gain a level of fame for being a killer. Tsarnaev became infamous once we knew who he was and who will ever forget his name.
In a statement, Rolling Stone said the following.:
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