Jack Osbourne petitions Rolling Stone
Jack Osbourne is urging fans to petition Rolling Stone to donate profits from its August 2013 issue, The Bomber, to victims of the Boston Marathon attack.
Editors at the esteemed music magazine sparked outrage this week when they unveiled the August 2013 issue.
The cover story, entitled The Bomber, features suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
The 19-year-old faces 30 federal charges in connection to the April 15 attack which left three dead and injured more than 260.
Critics accused the magazine of glamourising terrorism by putting a flattering portrait of the teenager on newsstands. The image is similar in style to iconic Rolling Stone portraits of rock and roll legends Bob Dylan and Jim Morrison.
Jack is now urging those against the issue to take action.
“Enough talk. Challenge @RollingStone to #DonateAllProfits from latest issue to Boston bombing victims. Sign petition…” he tweeted Friday, including a link to a petition he started on change.org.
“Rolling Stone Magazine: We challenge you to donate all profits from the August 2013 issue to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings,” he wrote.
The son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne elaborated on his call to action.
While he insisted he supports freedom of the press, the 27-year-old said it is the first responders and the people of Boston who should be honoured and remembered.
“Glamorizing a suspected terrorist on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine is not controversial, it’s just wrong,” Jack wrote.
“Innocent people have been killed or injured by the alleged actions of this man. There is no justification for awarding him a cover spot traditionally reserved for entertainment icons. It is this kind of action that encourages other sick individuals to act out in hopes of earning notoriety or martyrdom for their cause.”
Jack noted he does not take issue with the cover story, but with the cover itself.
Rolling Stone defended the story in a statement released earlier this week.
“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,” it read in part.
Jack is asking that Rolling Stone donate all profits to victims, surviving family members and first responders affected by the attack.
At press time, the petition had earned over 150 signatures.
Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to the federal charges earlier this month.
His older brother, fellow bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed in a shootout with authorities.
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