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Western Mass residents, businesses react to controversial Rolling Stone cover


The fallout is continuing over the controversial Rolling Stone cover featuring Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Local companies like Big Y are vowing that the issue of Rolling Stone will not be hitting their newsstands.

Many people you speak with about it in Western Mass are outraged.

"It's very disturbing, very disturbing," said Jessica Mongeau of Westfield.

Some Western Mass residents are raising their voices over this controversial August cover of Rolling Stone, that boldly and simply says "The Bomber - How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."

People in Western Mass say seeing Tsarnaev adorn the cover, where they usually see their favorite entertainers is alarming.

"To see someone who actually took the time to plan to kill Americans, and other people in America and to actually see him on the front page of Rolling Stone is very upsetting," Mongeau said.

News of the cover has sent shock waves across social media, with people taking to Twitter and Facebook, slamming the magazine for its choice.

Gov. Deval Patrick weighed in Tuesday.

"It's apparently good reporting, but the cover is out of taste," he said.

Rolling Stone editors sent out a statement saying:

"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 magazine also tweeted out a link to the full article Tuesday night, urging readers not to judge by the cover.

Some people say they'll read the full article, before deciding.

"I think what's important is how they treat the issue on the inside, if the article's fair," said Andy Winternitz of Amherst.

Now locally owned Big Y and stores like CVS, Stop and Shop and Tedeschi will not be selling this issue.

But the cover seems to have transformed some fans into former readers.

"I actually don't think I'd ever buy the magazine again," Mongeau said.

Boston Mayor Tom Menino also spoke out saying the magazine had glorified the suspected bomber.

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