Fall Musings

Fall Musings

Monday, July 22, 2013

In Response to the Rolling Stone Cover

In response to the Rolling Stone Cover:  I was deeply saddened that a magazine such as Rolling Stone would take an act as the Boston Bombing and would try and glamorize it by putting this person on the cover of it. Did they not think that doing this would hurt the people he and his brother injured and killed?  Everyone involved in this event are scarred for life by this tragic incident.  From the explosions to the cops and military to seeing them stomping around the streets and invading their homes one by one to actually hauling him off.  I know that would mentally damage me.  People died including a small boy.

I am outraged that Rolling Stone would do this!  I can't imagine going into a store in Boston and seeing this on a magazine such as this.  It's one thing on the cover of Time but not Rolling Stone where Celebrities are shown, not TERRORISTS!

I found this online and had to share:

The Real Boston Bomber: Shocking Photos Revealed In Response to Rolling Stone's 'Fluffed' Cover

Emily Hulsey | On 19, Jul 2013
Tsarnaev as he emerges from the boat.

In response to Rolling Stone’s recent glorification of Dzhokar Tsarnaev, police officer Sean Murphy has decided to release these less glamorous pictures from the night Tsarnaev was captured. The photos show the 19-year-old mired in blood and dirt, with a laser target on his forehead – frankly, how most of America would prefer to view him.

The officer told Boston Magazine:
As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has ever worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty. The truth is that glamorizing the face of terror is not just insulting to the family members of those killed in the line of duty, it also could be an incentive to those who may be unstable to do something to get their face on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

I hope that the people who see these images will know that this was real. It was as real as it gets. This may have played out as a television show, but this was not a television show. Officer Dick Donohue almost gave his life. Officer Sean Collier did give his life. These were real people, with real lives, with real families. And to have this cover dropped into Boston was hurtful to their memories and their families. I know from first-hand conversations that this Rolling Stone cover has kept many of them up—again. It’s irritated the wounds that will never heal—again. There is nothing glamorous in bringing more pain to a grieving family.
Terrorism, in its full reality, is an ugly thing, and glamorizing it for “shock value” is nothing but a disservice to our nation. Kudos, Officer Murphy, kudos. 

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