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Outrage over RollingStone cover photo

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By: Melissa Toupin


Even before the magazine hits the presses the August issue of Rolling Stone is creating a big buzz. The cover, usually reserved for rock stars and actors, now featuring an unlikely face, the accused Boston bomber. Readers are not amused.

"It's upsetting. It makes me feel sad that our culture has decided that its okay to glorify that," one resident said.

The reporter behind the feature story spent two months digging into the life of Dzhokhar Tsarneav. The cover promoting an in-depth report on how he became a monster.

"Maybe Rolling Stone is trying to get some sort of publicity form this—maybe being provocative on purpose," said another resident.

The image has been seen before, used in other publications, even appearing on the front page of the New York Times. Still people we showed the controversial cover to say Rolling Stone is crossing the line.

"He doesn't deserve that kind of attention. The people who should be– somebody who lost their legs should be on that cover," said a Providence woman.

The magazine is supposed to hit news stands August 3rd.

Woonsocket based CVS says they will not be carrying the issue.

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