Culture Watch: Making Rock Stars Out of Terrorists, Criminals and Cheaters

Culture Watch: Making Rock Stars Out of Terrorists, Criminals and Cheaters

Donna Boehme – Corporate Compliance Insights – July 22, 2013

rolling_stone_jahar_tsarnaev_boston_bomber_coverLast week was an interesting time for culture watchers as Facebook, Twitter and social media explodedwith outrage in reaction to a Rolling Stone cover that many denounced as a “glam” selfie photo of suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

The backlash was swift and intense, most slamming the publication for using its cover (so culturally significant it was once made famous in a song) — an honor usually reserved for actual “rock stars” — to elevate and glamorize the 19-year-old “Boston Bomber” suspect accused of killing three people and maiming or injuring more than 260 others by planting two bombs at the finish line of the April 15, 2013, Boston Marathon. His brother, the second suspect, was killed in the ensuing police chase. And just as Rolling Stone exercised its First Amendment right to publish its controversial cover, a number of drugstores and supermarkets with strong ties to the Boston area including CVS, Walgreen’s and 7-Eleven, exercised their right to vote with their feet, refusing to carry the issue.

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