Rolling Stone cover stirs major controversy

A magazine cover is causing outrage across the country.

The face on Augustâ??s cover of Rolling Stone isnâ??t that of a rockstar, but the surviving Boston Marathon suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the subtext reading "The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."

Some stores are even choosing not to sell the new issue of Rolling Stone because the cover features a glamorous picture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Many people are calling the decision insensitive and say the space should have been used to honor the victims rather than the alleged attacker.

Boston resident Kevin Cullen wouldâ??ve liked to have seen a story about 23-year-old victim Lingzi Lu, who was studying abroad when she was killed in the bombings.

"I would have like to have seen maybe a piece on her friends and Boston University and what they think about these brothers who came here, got every opportunity in this country and threw it back in peopleâ??s faces and killed Americans," said Cullen.

Stores across the country have decided not to sell the August issue.

Hy-Vee announced on Facebook yesterday that after listening to consumer complaints, they are urging their stores to refrain from displaying or selling the magazine.

John Cowley, a magazine distributor in Jefferson City, said he will sell the controversial copy.

"I believe in the First Amendment," said Cowley. "I believe that itâ??s anybodyâ??s right to publish anything in America and then the public will make their decision based on buying it or not buying it."

Rolling Stone issued a statement defending their decision to use Tsarnaev on the cover.

"The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens." â??Rolling Stone

Cowley said that he has about six thousand copies of the magazine right now, and even if stores decide not to sell them he can either return them to the publisher for credit or give them to stores that do want to sell them.