Insensitive, inappropriate and damn right callous and most definitely an insult to those who were killed, injured and maimed, and whose lives have been turned upside down by the Boston Marathon Bombers. Yes that is how I would describe the antics of the magazine called ‘Rolling Stone’.
Yes this magazine has decided to put the surviving Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, on the cover of their latest magazine.
You really couldn’t make this up if you tried.. and naturally it has caused an outrage from people. But instead of issuing an apology to the families affected by this monster, they have tried to justify their actions. Yes in a statement issued they are trying to justify using the image on the front cover… They said:
“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families,” the statement from the magazine’s editors reads. “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.”
This has caused so much outrage and believe me it is truly justified.. Looking at that photo it makes this murderer look like a flaming celebrity.
Sgt Sean Murphy, a Police Photographer, was so outraged at the glorification of this person that he has subsequently released the photographers of this monster when he finally captured.
Sgt Murphy said:
“As a professional law-enforcement officer of 25 years, I believe that the image that was portrayed by Rolling Stone magazine was an insult to any person who has ever worn a uniform of any color or any police organization or military branch, and the family members who have ever lost a loved one serving in the line of duty.”
“I hope that the people who see these images will know that this was real. It was as real as it gets.”
“What Rolling Stone did was wrong. This guy is evil. This is the real Boston bomber. Not someone fluffed and buffed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.”
I can fully understand how Sgt Murphy feels.. this man and his deceased brother killed and maimed innocent people. He caused carnage on the streets of Boston and The Rolling Stone Magazine has just thrown dirty water into the faces of law-enforcement and the victims of this terrible terrorist incident, by using such an image.
But unfortunately it is now being reported that Sgt Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty. The Boston Magazine reports:
Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty, just a few hours after the 25-year veteran of the Massachusetts State Police gave Boston magazine hundreds of photographs that he took from behind the scenes of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Though he’s been relieved of duty, Murphy has not been fired. The status of his duty is to be reviewed next week.
Two lieutenants in an unmarked cruiser and a sergeant in a marked cruiser arrived at Murphy’s home about 7:40 tonight and, during about 20 minutes at his home, took the following: his gun, badge, ammunition, handcuffs, baton, bulletproof vest, cameras, police ID, license to fire arms, pepper spray, cellphone and computer. Murphy was also ordered not to speak to the press or discuss the capture of Tsarnaev with anyone else.
Murphy turned over the images to us because he was upset with the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, which he feels glamorizes Tsarnaev. He wanted people to see what he feels is more accurate portrait of a terrorist.
Yes admittedly Sgt Murphy broke protocol and police procedure.. but would he have released those photographs, if the Rolling Stone Magazine had put the picture of say, Cory Monteith who died due to drugs and drink, on the front cover? No. Or if they had used a mugshot of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? I doubt it.
In their statement the Rolling Stone Magazine said they wanted their readers to understand the complexities of the Boston Bombings and how such a tragedy could happen, fine, great, good idea, what people have objected to is the type of photo used.
Like many others what I find distasteful is the picture shows a well groomed, celebrity looking guy… and as Sgt Murphy said, the photo used was of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who had been fluffed and buffed and not the face of a murderer. I totally agree with him.
Yes I know in the eyes of the law he is innocent until proven guilty… but I don’t think there is a chance that this guy will ever be found innocent… the evidence of his guilt is in abundance.
I like many find the cover of Rolling Stone distasteful and I do hope that Sgt Murphy, is soon back at work and doesn’t lose his job becauseof this… perhaps some understanding by the authorities is needed in this case.. My support goes to Sgt Murphy and definitely not to the editors of the Rolling Stone magazine.
And as for you, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, I hope you rot in hell.