So people are freaking out about this. FREAKING OUT. People calling for a boycott of Rolling Stone. People saying that the editor should be executed, blah, blah, blah. Unfortunately and obvioiusly that’s exactly what Rolling Stone wanted. They knew this cover would be controversial. They knew this would piss people off. They knew that the Martin Richard’s family would see this and throw up. They didn’t care. Rolling Stone decided that they were going to cash in on this tragedy and that’s exactly what they did.
Now don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. I actually have no problem with the story itself. How a seemingly normal kid was really a monster and the spawn of Satan. That’s fair game. Hell Time Magazine voted Hitler as the Man of the Year once didn’t they? My problem and I think everybody’s problem here is the photo and caption they used. Terrorist #2 looks like he is the lead singer in Stillwater in this picture. Seriously I’ve seen legitimate rock stars grace the cover of Rolling Stone with less reverence than this murderer. That’s what pisses me off. You know that terrorists all over the world are probably hanging this cover on their cave walls thinking “hey if we murder a ton of innocent people maybe we can be on the cover of Rolling Stone too”. Even the caption “The Bomber” is meant to make him seem cool. That’s where Rolling Stone fucked up. You want to use a picture of Terrorist #2? How about one of these?
A picture that shows the reality of the situation. A picture that doesn’t make Terrorist #2 seem like a martyr. Oh sure Rolling Stone can say “look at the caption. We called him a monster, blah, blah, blah”, but we all know that’s bullshit. They picked a picture designed to infuriate people and sell magazines. A picture which is clearly Pro Terrorist. A picture that basically nullified any words that may come after it. A picture that makes Terrorist #2 look like a demigod. A picture that they knew would offend everybody who died, lost limbs, or was effected by this tragedy. In other words a picture that would offend every single American who isn’t a terrorist. And that is unacceptable.