As NewsBusters reported Wednesday, Rolling Stone magazine’s upcoming August issue features a picture of Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.
Within hours, CVS/pharmacy, Rite Aid, and Walgreens have announced that they won’t be selling this issue in their stores.
Boston-based CVS/pharmacy announced its decision at its Facebook page:
CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones.
Rite Aid made the following statement in an email message to the Huffington Post:
“Out of respect for those affected by the Boston Marathon Bombing, Rite Aid has decided not to sell the August issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is being removed from stores as it arrives from the distributor.”
Another New England company Tedeschi Food Shops announced the following at its Facebook page:
Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone. With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don’t mix!
According to the Boston Herald, Cumberland Farms and Stop & Shop have also joined the boycott.
Noel Sheppard is the Associate Editor of NewsBusters.