This week has been one where we’ve seen the magazine industry take quite a considerable amount of flack for the actions of its editorial teams (yes FHM South Africa, I’m talking about you and two special cases) and with the latest cover from the US issue of Rolling Stone magazine we see this trend continuing with no real sign of letting up. In a very bold and somewhat controversial move, Rolling Stone decided to use the image of one of the Boston Bombers on its cover.
The cover has been met with mixed emotions (most of which were negative) and widespread condemnation (in some cases with outlets boycotting stocking the magazine altogether). People are generally losing their shit and you can understand why when you read Rolling Stone’s response to the widespread wave of negativity that the publication has been receiving from the public.
In statements made by the magazine, it explained to readers that the image used “falls within the traditions of journalism.” – to further defend itself the magazine added: “The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.”
In my opinion it really just looks like a sad effort to sell more magazines in an industry, which is very clearly on the decline. They could have done the story without putting the evil little bastard on the cover, stopping other people out there from trying to emulate him by blowing up crowds of innocents in the hope of landing a Rolling Stone cover. Now, he just looks like a rock star – Great job… NOT.
What do you think? Am I being a little bit too critical here?