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Rolling Stone Cover Featuring Boston Bomber Upsets Brad Paisley, Chuck Wicks + More

Brad Paisley, John Rich
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Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is featured on the cover of Rolling Stone this week. It’s a picture and statement that has upset millions of Americans and caused two convenience store chains to ban the issue. Country stars like Brad Paisley are also upset. John Rich spent the better part of two hours tweeting his disgust. 

Paisley took to twitter to express his disappointment:


He wasn’t the only singer to react. Chuck Wicks said he thought the cover was in bad taste and ridiculous before asking his followers for their thoughts. Whitney Duncan responded with “Seriously…Who’s idea was it to put a bomber’s photo on the cover of a magazine?!”

The Big and Rich singer offered the sharpest comments. “You always think as an artist “If I ever get on the Rolling Stone I’ll know I’ve made it!” That was until they started promoting terrorists,” he tweeted Wednesday morning.


Later he got into a heated exchange with a Twitter follower about the content of the article saying, “Hey @rollingstone here’s an idea for your net cover boy: ADAM LANZA. Wouldn’t that be great @goldadam I bet you’d defend that 2. Better now?”

By all accounts the article inside the magazine is a fair and balanced look at the bombing suspect. It’s just the cover that many have issue with. Both CVS and Walgreens announced they won’t sell this issue, which is not without precedent. In 1970 Rolling Stone put Charles Manson on the cover of an issue.

Tsarnaev is accused of the April 15 bombings near the Boston Marathon finish line that killed three and wounded more than 260 people. He’s pleaded not guilty.

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