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Several Stores Decide Not to Carry Rolling Stone Featuring Bombing Suspect

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REGION (WGGB) — Several retailers, many of which have ties to New England, have decided to not sell the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine.

The cover of the issue has a picture of surviving Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The image coincides with an article published inside the magazine that talks about the teen, the events of April 15, and insight from those who knew Tsarnaev before his arrest.

Since the image was released on Rolling Stone’s Facebook page, people have expressed their displeasure with the publications choice of image. Much of the feedback has been through social media, with many calling the move distasteful and disrespectful to those impacted by the bombings.

Two of the area’s largest supermarket chains, Springfield-based Big Y and Quincy, Mass.-based Stop & Shop, announced Wednesday that they will not be carrying the August issue.

In a statement posted to their Facebook page Wednesday afternoon, CVS, which is headquartered in Woonsocket, R.I., says: “CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.”

Rockland, Mass.-based Tedeschi Food Shops, which has two locations in Springfield and one in Chicopee, adds in a separate statement: “Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone. With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don’t mix!”

Walgreens tweeted Wednesday, “Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine.”

Cumberland Farms also noted on Twitter that “our stores were instructed to remove the issue of Rolling Stone from all locations this morning.”

BJ’s Wholesale Club says on Facebook that their clubs do not “have the current issue of Rolling Stone” and “we will not be carrying Rolling Stone magazine for the foreseeable future.”


  • weasel

    Fantastic. They can be assured of my business.

  • alpinequeen

    What a bunch of wimps! Censorship at its worse. The biggest ban since Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

  • Misses_ES

    I was no where near the Boston Marathon, and I cant even stand to look at his face! So imagine how the victims feel? If they wanted to cover the story, they shoulve put the REAL stars on the cover, the ones who lost their lives and their limbs because of this evil kid! If I ever walked passed this magazine in a store, I’d rip it up and walk out!