Rolling Stone Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Issue Boycotted by Big Retailers

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 09:28 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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Major retailers continued their selling boycott of the latest edition of Rolling Stone magazine carrying a photo of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover.

Chain drugstore CVS/pharmacy on Wednesday started the falling dominos of stores declining to sell the August issue of the magazine, according to Fox News. Since the CVS announcement, New England-based grocery store chain Tedeschi Food Shops, Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and Kmart have joined the selling boycott of the Rolling Stone Dzhokhar Tsarnaev issue, reported Fox News.

"CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect," the company stated on the CVS Facebook page, which had more than 59,400 likes and 21,300 shares by Thursday morning. "As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones."

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Marti Jean joined the more than 5,600 comments on the CVS post by writing: "Why are there 'haters' in every crowd? Freedom of speech? Great! CVS also has the freedom to decide to carry or NOT carry an item based on company values, right? AWESOME decision, CVS."

Tedeschi Foods, which is based in Rockland, Mass., posted on its Facebook page: "Tedeschi Food Shops supports the need to share the news with everyone, but cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone. With that being said, we will not be carrying this issue of Rolling Stone. Music and terrorism don't mix!"

Dana Ouellette shared the view of a minority of commenters on the Tedeschi Facebook page that the store made the wrong decision with the boycott.

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"I would strongly advise you to review your policy on censorship and refusing to carry materials," Ouellette said in her response to Tedeschi's boycott. "Did you ban the 2001 Time with Bin Laden on the cover? The 1995 McVeigh time, or the more recent 2011 Jared Loughner Time cover? If not I feel strongly that you should develop a consistent policy on not carrying any magazine with a terrorist or murder on the cover, or that you will continue to allow news content about murderers and/or terrorists."

Time magazine reported that supermarket chains Big Y and Stop & Shop joined the boycott as well.

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