Walgreens, Rite Aid join outcry over Boston Rolling Stone cover
BOSTON — Following the cacophony of tweets from Bostonians regarding a Rolling Stone cover featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Kmart joined CVS/pharmacy and announced that they would not stock the magazine altogether.
Many Tweeters using the hashtag #BostonStrong praised the decision of both the drug store operators as well as several other retailers in the city to ban the controversial Rolling Stone issue.
And lambasted Rolling Stone.
The issue even drew criticism from the Mayor's office, though not by way of tweet. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino criticized Rolling Stone's decision to treat "a terrorist with celebrity treatment" in an old-fashioned letter. "To respond to you in anger is to feed into your obvious marketing strategy," Menino wrote. "I write to you instead to put the focus where you could have: on the brave and strong survivors and on the thousands of people — their family and friends, volunteers, first responders, doctors, nurses and donors — who have come to their side."
Rolling Stone defended their cover treatment on Facebook. "Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. … The cover story we are publishing this week 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."
And online magazine Slate even went against the grain of public opinion and praised Rolling Stone's decision to place Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.
This story has been updated to include Kmart.
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