Up for Debate: Cover of the 'Rolling Stone'

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 at 10:05pm

How do you feel about the Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of the latest Rolling Stone issue? Does it automatically glorify him or should the journalism behind it matter?


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108 Comments on this post:

By: yogiman on 7/18/13 at 6:13

To display such a criminal on it's cover makes the Rolling Stone a good magazine to take to your 'outhouse' with you.

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 6:27

First, yogi, he's a suspect. In this country, you are innocent until proven guilty.

Second, here's a list of people who have also graced magazine covers...

OJ Simpson
Timothy McVieigh
Osama Bin Laden
Saddam Hussein
Charles Manson

IMO, this is just a good example of a society that has an almost incessant need to be outraged at any given time. Ridiculous.

By: Kosh III on 7/18/13 at 6:29

This suspect had his face plastered all over TV and print media for weeks after the bombing. How is this different?

Maybe yogi would prefer to see a cover featuring war criminals like Cheney and Bush?

By: govskeptic on 7/18/13 at 6:40

Doesn't take long for the comments to go completely off the tracks. I suggest it
would be extremely hard to prove Timothy McViegh ever appeared on the cover of
Rolling Stone, but Charles Manson did as did Osama. It's never a surprise to
me what any of the media will do in instances like this, especially when sales or
relevance is in any danger. The problem is, that there are probably hundreds if not
thousands of others that feel the same way as this man and would be glad to get
the same glory coverage and their own "Glamour Shot" along with their 72 virgins
in committing a similar act. This poor lad came from a dysfunctional family, so
like others, he's portrayed as the victim.

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 6:45

Gov, I said magazine covers, not Rolling Stone covers. The point, which has obviously escaped you, is that this happens. Much ado about nothing, as usual.

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 6:51

And Kosh is right, the pictures of the Tsarnaev brothers were plastered on every station and online site for months...now suddenly people are offended. Give me a break.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 7:08

It is a picture of a suspect. It does not make him a hero or villain.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 7:11

It is funny how Comrade yogi calls some people guilty and others innocent until proven guilty. Must be a Racist thing he does in his outhouse.

By: BigPapa on 7/18/13 at 7:13

I dont think it's a good practice. It does make him look like some kinda rock star.

As far as innocent until proven guilty.. that's only for the courts. The rest of us are free to state our opinion on that as much as we like, he's guilty as sin. There are few things we'd do to him that would be bad enough to make up for what he did. Sometimes we're too civilized.

By: bfra on 7/18/13 at 7:16

Nemo - He always has his anal mind on something like a outhouse or genearl area..

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 7:22

I don't really understand the outrage either. At least we have freedom of the press - if you don't like it, don't buy it.

Mornin', everyone.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 7:23

Does the story praise him as a Rock Star? It is a picture of a suspect that has made news. As for the 72 virgins, it is just another religious myth.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 7:25

Morning Blanket!!

By: .45carry on 7/18/13 at 7:25

Point 1. Rolling Stone magazine has always and forever been a cutting edge publication. Did you really expect anything less on this subject?

Point 2. This isn't Playboy magazine....you need to read the article, not just look at the pictures.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 7:29

That is a good point ,45carry. Some people only look at the picture.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 7:35

Hi, Nemo. :)

By: yogiman on 7/18/13 at 7:51

It is presumed he's guilty since he and his brother were seen (on television during the parade) "dropping" the bag down walking along the sidewalk.

By: bfra on 7/18/13 at 7:57

Brainless blob thinks he was there and has all the details! Wohoo! Nothing new!

By: bfra on 7/18/13 at 7:57

Morning Blanket

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 8:00

Comrade yogi can’t read, but he can see pictures. This must make it hard for his North Korean handler.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 8:04

Remember Comrade yogi, I am smarter than you.

By: yogiman on 1/26/13 at 3:13
dumba$$, you couldn't even pass a spelling test, let alone a test of intelligence.
Want to try one? Check on google or bing and take a test.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/26/13 at 3:33
I took the test yogi and a made a 100.

By: yogiman on 1/26/13 at 7:30
I feel so humiliated, dumba$$, to get beat by an idiot as ignorant as you.

By: Captain Nemo on 1/26/13 at 9:53
That makes you the dumbest dumb ass

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 8:05

Mornin', bfra. :)

By: BenDover on 7/18/13 at 8:11

They were just trying to be provocative to make headlines and sell magazines. What's sick is the teenies who adore this monster and the additional fans he will have from this exposure.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 8:15

LOL Ben. We know you dislike anything that is not Fox.

By: MamaG on 7/18/13 at 8:28

Good morning! I guess RS magazine can print whatever they want to put on the cover of their magazine. I'm not going to buy it either way. I do remember the day when their focus was more on music though. Perhaps they should get back to that and leave terrorist issues to other venues.

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 8:32

No, I think Ben's correct to a certain degree. It's always about selling magazines, especially in an era where print media is becoming extinct.

And I agree that these "fans" are sickening, but it's also becoming the norm. Look at the Hernandez case...he has plenty of supporters.

As Kosh and I already said, the exposure level for the brothers were at such a level I doubt that Rolling Stone makes much of a difference.

The question I would have to ask is, does anyone really read Rolling Stone anymore?

By: yogiman on 7/18/13 at 8:33

Kosh III,

If you consider Bush and Cheney criminals, what do you consider Barry to be? At least Bush and Cheney didn't try to hide their identity.

So tell me; just who in the hell is this man?

By: Rasputin72 on 7/18/13 at 8:35

It always makes me feel good see the dip shits make comments that reflect meager existencei

By: budlight on 7/18/13 at 8:38

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 8:08
It is a picture of a suspect. It does not make him a hero or villain.

Actually the news reported that he has "followers" and people cheered for him when he went to court recently. He thinks he's a hero or rock star.

Did the 18 hijackers get their pictures on the cover of any magazine?

I won't be surprised if they nominate him for the Nobel Piece Prize. He is a piece of something - I just don't want to say what.

I would think Mad Magazine would be closer to his profile ("mad").

By: MamaG on 7/18/13 at 8:39

I used to subscribe to Rolling Stone many years ago. I haven't seen one is years, other than passing it in a store. I agree with you, gdia, I think they are just trying to make sales, glamorizing this dude to make a profit from it maybe.

Yogi, I can answer that by saying, this man is the president of your country. You don't like it but you need to get over it. It is what it is and you, sir, cannot change that fact. You expend waaaay to much negative energy worrying about his birth certificate, et al, when you should be spending time enjoying your life. If you are 82 years old, you may not have all that much left. Get out, enjoy nature, enjoy your family if you have one. Don't keep hanging on to something you can't do anything about.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 8:40

I'm so glade Raspy old boy that you could sound your meager existence today.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 8:43

bud I would never think that you could think of anything else. Paraphrasing Chris; bud could only be bud.

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 8:45

Now unlike the Government waste, I have to go to work.

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 8:45

I stopped reading RS when they (Jann Wenner) completely ruined the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rant: how in the hell can The Beastie Boys be in but not Chicago, Deep Purple or KISS?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 8:46

MamaG, I think it's a dementia loop.

By: MamaG on 7/18/13 at 8:50

LOL, blanket!

gdia, I agree with you on your rant!

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 8:51

Hey, why all the hatin' on the Beasties?

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 8:52

Never said I didn't like the Beasties, but they shouldn't get in before those bands and many others.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 8:54

Yeah, it is rather contrary as to who gets in and when.

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 9:00

Well they just let in Rush and Heart. Rush is fine, but Heart? Before the ones I mentioned?? I don't get it. And most of this is because of Jann Wenner. What a joke.

By: yogiman on 7/18/13 at 9:00

Sorry, MamaG,

But that man is not my president; nor is he yours. He is a usurper in office. Facts are facts. That is if you're interested in them.

But as I've said before, he's the least of our worry. Congress is our biggest worry because they let him usurp that office without question.

Have you ever wondered why the Senate questioned John McCain's natural born status but didn't question Barack Obama; even though Obama was the one who raised the question on McCain?

A simple question: Why did he advertise he was born in Kenya for 16 years until he entered the race for office?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 9:02

OK, Heart should not have added before KISS or Deep Purple. That's nuts. Rush totally deserves it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 9:04

The demenia loop goes round and round
Round and round, round and round

The demential loop goes round and round
Around his pointy head.......

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 9:07

I think Mr. Wenner has a thing against progressive rock. I'm estatic that Rush finally got in.

By: yogiman on 7/18/13 at 9:13

One more point, MamaG,

I have enjoyed my life every breath I've taken. And I ain't gonna quit until I quit breathing. I'm scaring the hell out of 83 hoping I out live my paternal grandmother who died at 92. Nine more years won't be too bad if I can keep my current mentality.

My argument on Barry is for the sake of my children and grandchildren on down the line to my future heirs. I can't sympathize for you all who are so willing to accept someone as your president whom you have no idea who in the hell he is, and who refuses to identify himself.

Check out obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/04/video-obama-speaking-in-kenya-with-mass.html

What did he mean when he said "I'm glad to be back home"? A political phrase? When he was in the Senate?

By: MamaG on 7/18/13 at 9:14

BIG LOL, blanket!!!

Yogi, He is indeed your president and mine and all of America's. You don't have to like it but it is a FACT so you should really get over it and enjoy what time you have left on earth. I'll pray for ya buddy. Please don't ask me anything else about it.

Now, let me say this about rock and roll bands: Beastie Boys are awesome. Heart deserves to be there, just as much as KISS. They both formed at roughly the same time and I think (don't know this for sure) that Heart has had more hits than KISS. I love them both and think they both deserve it. I have never been a big Rush fan but agree they should be there. Deep Purple, I'm not so sure about. Weren't they kind of a one-hit-wonder with "Smoke on the Water?" That goes back so far, I can't really remember what all they did...I loved that song though!

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 9:24

Mama, along with Led Zeppelin, they were the pioneers of heavy metal. Here are a few of their songs...

Highway Star
Strange Kind of Woman
Woman from Tokyo
Space Trucking
Smoke on the Water
Speed King

They've sold over a 100 million worldwide.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 7/18/13 at 9:26

Deep Purple had a lot of hits in the UK as well, I believe.

By: gdiafante on 7/18/13 at 9:30

And I'll also make a case for Chicago (I prefer the 70's version with Terry Kath):

120 million sold worldwide, 22 gold albums, 18 platinum, 8 multi-platinum, 5 number one albums, 21 top-ten hits.

Here are a few of their songs...

Saturday in the Park
Make me Smile
25 or 6 to 4
Feeling Stronger Every Day
Just you and Me
Old Days
If You Leave Me Now
Dialogue I/II

That's just the old stuff. Never liked the 80's power ballads but they actually outsold the 70's stuff. Point being, how are they not in?

By: Captain Nemo on 7/18/13 at 9:32

If you really had a life Comrade yogi, you would got out of this small pond and get out in the world with your evidence. Since you have none, you just whine here.