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Some call Rolling Stone magazine cover insulting to America

Published On: Jul 17 2013 08:00:00 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2013 11:04:02 AM EDT

A magazine cover that's not even on store shelves yet is stirring up a lot of controversy.

The cover of a magazine set to hit store shelves Friday is stirring up a lot of controversy.

The surviving Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is featured on Rolling Stone's latest issue, and some people call it a slap in the face to victims of the tragedy.

The cover features a young Tsarnaev with the caption reading, "The Bomber."


"I am not really surprised," said musician, Billy Bauer. "Rolling Stone, I think, is kind of, in my personal opinion, is kind of like a joke magazine."

The cover is receiving a lot of scrutiny on social media sites, as well.

On Twitter, Andrew Rodriguez said, "It's ridiculous and insulting to America and its views towards terrorism. Yeah it's free speech but what about courtesy?"

"He has such a relatable looking face it's almost like the lovable younger brother of anyone that has sort of been corrupted," said Kylie Ford, of Bethlehem. "It's kind of interesting to see how he was able to fool all of us."

Some people said they're disgusted by the cover; others said it's freedom of speech, but people may have a hard time finding the Rolling Stone issue because stores like CVS are not selling it.

"They're doing it to sell their magazine," added Bauer. "They want to create controversy, and controversy sells."

In a statement, the editors of Rolling Stone said, "Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families.

"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."

"From a marketing perspective, I think you just have to stick by your guns," added Ford. "I don't think it was a good decision in the first place."

Many others said they don't think so either.