Petition Started To Push Rolling Stone To Donate Profits Of Their Issue With Boston Bomber On Cover To Victims
We told you last week about the firestorm Rolling Stone magazine started when they decided to feature Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on their August issue, glorifying him as some sort of celebrity or rock star despite his horrific crimes. Outrage over the choice was major, even causing one Boston police officer to leak photos of Tsarnaev as he was being arrested, covered in blood after hours of hiding in a boat in a Boston suburb to prove a point that he’s not a rock star but a murderer. And now a petition has been started, surprisingly by Jack Osbourne of all people–the son of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne. Knowing that the magazine can’t and won’t change the cover, Osbourne is asking that they donate profits from the August issue to victims, surviving family members, and first responders who have been affected by the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Here’s what he had to say on the Change.org petition:
“Innocent people have been killed or injured by the alleged actions of this man. There is no justification for awarding him a cover spot traditionally reserved for entertainment icons. It is this kind of action that encourages other sick individuals to act out in hopes of earning notoriety or martyrdom for their cause.
The innocent victims, their families, the first responders, and the people of Boston are the ones who deserve to be honored and remembered.
We challenge Rolling Stone Magazine to donate ALL profits (retail and advertising revenue) generated from the August issue to all the victims, surviving family members, and first responders adversely affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.”
While it’s definitely a good idea, I’m not so sure the magazine will step up and give up their issue’s profits. They might have a good reason to though, as the petition has already garnered more than 40,000 signatures. Do you think they should hand over the money from the issue to those affected by the bombings?