Rolling Stone Magazine Controversial? Cover

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  1. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    RS is known for controversial covers, well, controversial to some. My twitter feed blew up last night over this. What say you?


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    The fact that Rolling Stone put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the Boston Marathon bombers on the cover. They shouldn't have done it in my opinion.
     
  4. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68020

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    It has to do with his face being on the cover. Some are not too comfortable with having him there because they feel it raises a terror suspect to celebrity status.

    I can somewhat see where those folks are coming from. If it was a hard news source (Time, NYT, etc) it would be one thing, but a rock magazine....eh not so much.
     
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    It seems like RS may or may not have a good story about the bomber and, like most magazines trying to steer attention to their main article, put it on the cover
     
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    Boston Bomber can't help it if he's young and good looking.
     
  7. Huntn macrumors G5

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    I see nothing controversial or related to The Doors or Val Kilmer. They say it on their cover..."how a promising young man goes down the ****er".
     
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    The main story is about the Boston Bomber, ergo, the Boston Bomber is on the cover. I don't see what the big deal is.
     
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    So Patty Hearst, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot, etc, should never be on the front page of the popular press? What next? Should we ban books written about them too?

    If anything, I think it's important the entire country take a good hard look at why attractive, intelligent young men become radicalized. We can't do that if his face is relegated to the back pages. Facing radical Islam means facing those who commit the crimes. Period.
     
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    This is nothing new. There is a long history of both famous and infamous people appearing on covers of publications. And with infamous people the intent is never to turn them into celebrities.
     
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    I don't have a problem with newsworthy criminals being put on a magazine covers. However, I do have a problem with the fact that some notorious figures do get elevated to celebrity and even cult status.

    I think that because Dzhokar Tsarnaev is young, good looking and has a kind of rebel/bad boy image that many people -- especially young people -- are actually starting to look up to him. Getting your picture on the cover of Rolling Stone greatly increases that status.

    It's better to have freedom of the press though--so there isn't much to do about it.
     
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    Look up to a murderer who killed innocent people watching a race? What is your evidence or basis for this?
     
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    Hey, I think its awful--but its true. He has his admirers:

    http://articles.latimes.com/2013/may/22/opinion/la-oe-allen-dzhokhar-tsarnaev-20130522

    Just Google it. To a lesser extent, Charles Manson had his fanbase as well. I imagine this will subside for Dzhokhar once his trial is over and people forget about him in prison.
     
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    I'm a huge fan of Marilyn Manson. I think you mean Charles Manson, which I am not a fan of ;)
     
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    Oops! my bad. Yes, I meant Charles. :)
     
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    I don't see a problem here and this is coming from someone who lives in the state these ****sticks decided to bomb.

    We have this thing in this country called freedom of the press. The goals of terrorists like them is to force the people to give up freedoms like that so anyone who thinks Rolling Stone shouldn't be allowed to publish this is playing right into their goals.


    People need to stop being over-sensitive and getting "outraged" on twitter over things they don't control and have no real effect on their life. Get a life.

    Funny that people are outraged that his face on the cover now. Where was the outrage when every ****ing cable news station in this country had his picture plastered all over their airwaves for 2 solid weeks after the bombings? That's way worse than this imo.
     
  18. vrDrew macrumors 65816

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    Sure its controversial.

    What the heck happened to Val Kilmer?
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  19. HitchHykr macrumors 6502a

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    So we have the Birthers, the Truethers and what do we call the people that think that this guy didn't do the bombings? The Naivers?
     
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    Read the caption... What's so bad about having a biography of the Boston Bomber?

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    My thoughts exactly when I saw the OP's original post.

    Excellent point and very nicely expressed; much US popular culture seems to come complete with the idea that the 'goodies' are clean cut good looking types, while the 'baddies' are suitably suspicious in appearance. Life is a little more nuanced than popular culture might have you believe.

    Yes. I am at a loss to see what Val Kilmer and The Doors have to do with the original post; indeed, I confess that I don't understand what the controversy about the Val Kilmer cover is at all.

    Re Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, if the cover story is a profile of the young man, why not place his picture on the cover? It is a salient news story, and, should be covered. Not only should coverage of this topic not be discouraged, in fact, attempts to analyse why it happened should be strongly encouraged instead.

    Exactly.

    Excellent post, and very, very well expressed arguments. This is exactly the reason why readers in the US ought to read such publications. It is imperative to try to understand why - yes, attractive, intelligent - young men become alienated and radicalised, and so removed from the norms of the host society that they think to act in this way. You cannot address radical Islam without facing those who commit the crimes, and without attempting to understand why they did what they did.
     
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    RS these days is more than just about music so it's not that shocking.

    What do you all think about how much politics is infused into the magazine? Last year, you better bet many "non-political" magazines were running as much as they could on Mitt Romney. We are Americans and we want to know and if I read some interesting stuff about Mitt Romney before the 2012 election and it helped me make my decision then so be it, even from a music rag like RS.

    http://assets.rollingstone.com/asse...x306/20120827-mitt-romney-x306-1346104394.jpg
     
  23. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I just lump them all into the same group: ****ing morons.
     
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    This covers it nicely for me.^^^

    It's not as if his face hasn't been plastered al over the place, and if there is a serious story contained within, I have no issue with it.

    I also don't get the reference to the Jim Morrison cover...
     
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    Could it be they used a picture that was painting him a light that is completely different than those images of him wearing the hat backwards and on the run from the law?

    Me, I have no problem with this. There have been plenty of times figures such as this have been on the front of magazines and newspapers.

    http://img.gawkerassets.com/img/18u5btsnemm1ojpg/ku-xlarge.jpg

    Comes to mind.
     

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