Assemblyman Joseph Borelli is thoroughly fed up with Rolling Stone‘s new controversial cover featuring “Boston Bomber” Dzhohkar Tsarnaev. In fact, the South Shore official is calling for all of Staten Island’s stores to boycott the issue, which he claims is purely a cry for attention.
“They must think the American people are fools. They knew this would cause people once again to talk about a magazine that hasn’t been edgy since the ‘60s,” Mr. Borelli fumed this afternoon.“I think the public will have a hard time digesting the fact that this magazine was willing to glorify terrorism simply to bolster their slumping sales.”
In his statement, Mr. Borelli stressed that he isn’t against freedom of speech, however.
“I have tremendous respect for the First Amendment; they can print whatever they want,” he declared. “But I’m going to use my First Amendment right to remind my constituents what a piece of garbage this magazine has become. Just about every Staten Islander knows someone who was killed by terrorism and to glorify him like some teen idol is disgusting.”
The magazine has drawn a lot of flack from critics for seemingly glamorizing a terrorist. Yet others have pointed to previously controversial magazine covers like one from a 1999 Time issue featuring Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, the shooters at Columbine high school.
CVS has already ordered a national recall of all the copies of the magazine, refusing to place them on their shelves. Mr. Borelli supports the company’s efforts, but wants to go a step further.
“I applaud CVS for pulling this issue from their stories, and I call upon every Staten Island business that sells this magazine to do the same,” Mr. Borelli said.
For their part, Rolling Stone defended the controversial cover in a statement today.
“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,” the company said.