Rockland, Mass.-based grocery store chain Tedeschi Food Shops has announced its boycott of the August issue of Rolling Stone, the cover of which features alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“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,” the company posted on its Facebook page. “With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don’t mix!”
CVS/pharmacy has announced its boycott of the issue on its Facebook page as well.
“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.”
UPDATE [2:25 p.m.]: Roche Bros. tweeted a statement this afternoon announcing their boycott of the issue: “When we learned of the cover for the current issue of Rolling Stone, we chose not to offer that product for sale in our stores. Thank you.”
UPDATE [3:10 p.m.]: Add Shaw’s/Star Market to the list, according to WHDH’s Tyler Dumont. There is no official statement from Shaw’s yet, however.
The cover, released Tuesday, has already received vehemently negative reactions from citizens of Boston and beyond. Critics take issue with the rockstar-like way in which Tsarnaev is depicted, even earning comparisons to a past cover featuring The Doors frontman Jim Morrison. The headline reads, “THE BOMBER: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster.”
Rolling Stone has yet to respond to the backlash.
UPDATE: [2:31 p.m.]: Rolling Stone has issued a statement, though it makes no mention of the cover itself.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.”