Griffin Paul Jackson

The magazine unleashed hellfire by slapping Boston Marathon bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (Rolling Stone identifies him as Jahar), on its cover. In addition to public outrage, especially from Bostonians, big name businesses like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Wal-Mart have announced they will not sell the edition in their stores. The Facebook group Boycott Rolling Stone Magazine for their latest cover has nearly 170,000 likes. Even the mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino, wrote a letter to the periodical expressing his disapproval. A lot of people are upset.

And it makes sense. It’s in bad taste to glorify a murderer. The word floating around is “glamorized.” It’s upsetting to see a terrorist on the cover of a magazine typically reserved for celebrities. And that is what we’ve got, right?

That’s not an incorrect description, but it is a pretty shallow view of the whole thing. And here’s why.

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