Local stores say 'no' to Rolling Stone

By Natalie Rubino
By Matt Hicks

Local stores say 'no' to Rolling Stone

July 19, 2013 Updated Jul 19, 2013 at 11:47 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) The controversy surrounding the alleged Boston bomber's cover photo on Rolling Stone magazine is making several stores throughout the region take a stand.

Officials with Manley's Mighty Mart, Wegmans and Tops say they will not be carrying the August issue that features Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.

This issue features a story and photo of Tsarnaev titled: "The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."

Critics are slamming the magazine cover, saying it glamorizes terrorism.

And people Action News spoke with Friday seem to agree.

"Well it does make him look to be a rock star," said Dan Magleby, whose wife Hilary added, "And it kind of glorifies him, and it's what he wanted."

"I haven't seen it and I'm not really interested," said Dottie Brownwell. "But I think it's the right of the store to choose not to sell it."

Rolling Stone has defended its decision, saying it "falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."

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