By: Amber Harvey
Rolling Stone definitely struck a nerve this week with their decision to feature alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev as the cover story for their latest issue.
A number of rock artists who have long-relied on Rolling Stone for publicity and exposure, including Motley Crue's Tommy Lee and Nikki Sixx, Jane's Addiction rocker Dave Navarro, Disturbed/Device vocalist David Draiman, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, and All That Remains singer Philip Labonte, have taken to various social media outlets to decry the magazine’s latest editorial decision.
While all that Tommy Lee had to say was: “Really @RollingStone ? Wtff!!!” via Twitter, Nikki Sixx inspired a Facebook debate with the following post: “I understand journalism but @RollingStone has disrespected the families of the Boston bombing victims 100%.”
“Why not put photos of the victims and families on the cover and let that tell the story of courage and heartbreak?” questions Sixx. “You could keep the photo of this terrorist inside if need be and report your story. I am sure you are aware [of] the pain you were about to cause all the families when you went to print...”
“. . . [W]hy put him on the cover of a supposed music oriented magazine?” Sixx continues on Facebook. “You treat him with the same honor as those of us who have made the cover based on our craft? I agree with many of my peers and I hope Rolling Stone can take responsibility and issue an apology to everybody who's lives has been affected...”
While the “Girls, Girls, Girls” rocker calls for an apology, some others are seeking to blacklist the bi-monthly music rag entirely.
“#BoycottRollingStone” tweeted Dave Navarro, following a simple and crass message to the magazine.
Kelly and Jack Osbourne mirrored the sentiment expressed by Navarro, both of them taking to Twitter to express their outrage with the magazine. “Shame on you@RollingStone for glorifying a monster!” wrote Kelly.
“Why not put all of the victims on the cover? or all of the brave men & women who have died fight the war?” tweeted Jack, also using the hashtag “#boycottRollingStoneMagazine.”
“Who's on the cover next issue Charles Manson? Oh wait...” tweeted Anthrax’s Scott Ian, referring to the cover story that Rolling Stone did on the notorious criminal back in the ‘70s.
We can only imagine the backlash that would have occurred if social media existed back then.
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