'Rolling Stone' features Boston bombing suspect on cover

Published On: Jul 18 2013 10:08:43 PM EDT   Updated On: Jul 18 2013 11:44:38 PM EDT

VIDEO: Rolling Stone continues to receive backlash after publishing an issue with the Boston Bombing suspect on the cover. A local runner who survived the Boston Marathon attacks reacts the heated controversy.


The upcoming issue of Rolling Stone magazine features a controversial face on the cover, Boston Marathon Bomber suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Controversy almost immediately struck across the nation over the upcoming magazine cover, as several stores said they won't sell the issue of Rolling Stone.

Channel 4 spoke with a Jacksonville runner who crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon, moments after the explosion.

Skye Johnson said that the planned magazine cover is shocking.

"I'll glance and walk by, but I'm not going to pick it up and browse through it," said Johnson.

Johnson said she won't be reading the August issue of the Rolling Stone magazine when it hits stands Friday. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's face is on the cover of the magazine and the cover is titled, "The Bomber."

"I think they could have used a little more compassion. Where is the sensitivity? It's too fresh," said Johnson.

Hundreds were injured by the bombs that exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon this year, and three people were killed, including an officer who tried to catch the 19 year old and his brother, Tamerlan, following a manhunt.

"It makes racing different now. I've done a marathon since then and I was a little nervous in the beginning because I wasn't sure how it was going to feel at the end," said Johnson.

In a statement Rolling Stone said, "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."

Rolling stone has put controversial figures on its magazine before; Charles Manson and O.J. Simpson were two other covers that caused controversy.

CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid and some 7-11 stores have already said they won't be selling the issue.


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