4:16:10 PMStatements issued in response to Rolling Stone cover featuring marathon bombing suspect
After news Rolling Stone would be featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of their next issue, several businesses, victims, politicians, as well editors of the controversial magazine, released statements expressing their opinions on the cover and featured article.
Below are some of the statements FOX 25 received.
Full Statement from editors at Rolling Stone:
"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."
Statement from MBTA Transit Officer Richard "Dic" Donohue:
"The City of Boston and the surrounding communities have faced many challenges since the bombings at the marathon finish line. The new cover of Rolling Stone has garnered much attention due to its sensationalized depiction of one of the alleged bombers. My family and I were personally affected by these individuals' actions. I cannot and do not condone the cover of the magazine, which is thoughtless at best. However, I appreciate our country's protection of free speech afforded to us by the Constitution. I am confident that our Boston Strong community will remain intrepid and unshaken by the cover of this magazine."
Statement from Jen Regan, fiancé of Marc Fucarile who is still hospitalized following the April 15 bombings:
"For over 3 months now, Marc has had to wake up every day in a hospital dealing with pain, dozens of surgeries and intensive rehab therapy. Our entire family has been focused on Marc's recovery while we anxiously await when he can return home. The new Rolling Stone cover is disgusting. It sensationalizes Marc's pain as well all the other victims and survivors. It is an insult to the families and people impacted that day. We know that the people of Boston are better than this and will continue to rise above this meaningless story and keep the focus where it belongs on the victims, survivors and their families who face a lifetime of challenges.
We look forward to welcoming Marc home soon and thank everyone for their continued support."
City Councilor Rob Consalvo on Rolling Stone magazine cover:
"Rolling Stone's decision to glamorize the image of a man who brought terror to our city is disappointing. The marathon bombing shook our city and now thousands of people who were personally affected by this tragedy will have the unfortunate experience of coming across the face of a terrorist in a space usually reserved for rock stars and cultural icons. Boston is strong, but we are still healing."
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