Yup.....they want attention
Why? Isn't it something we should examine as a society? I understand it's probably a shitty, sensationalist article designed to cause controversy and sell papers, but 'terrorists' are people just like anyone else and I think it's important to understand the type of conditions (social, political, psychological etc.) that lead to extremism.
I'd much rather see articles like this than just read quotes from fat, rich, white people crying 'they hate us for our FREEDOM!'.
Oh, I thought you were talking about the RobinThicke thing
If it was in a broadsheet newspapers supplement maybe it would make sense, but selecting a posed shot with rock star connotations on the front of a magazine that usually reserves it's cover for celebrity musicians is pretty fucked up. He already has immpressionable and vacuous tweenage girls moping after him so pretending that Rolling Stone is a good place to analyse and reflect in an objective manner just doesn't cut it.
I was fully expecting to find an article about 'One Direction' which would have been sacrilegious enough but at least the crimes they have committed are only against music and their victims will get a chance to grow out of such an unfortunate phase.
Context is everything.
I don't want to understand him. It's a cheap whorish move to garner attention and sales geared towards an already existing younger demographic who will cult celeb this killer. Its blatantly transparent. They dont care about terrorism, they jumped at the fact that he "looks like us". Charlie Manson had supporters too and still receives fan mail. I have more respect for Broner shitting in a fast food joint and bragging he wipes with cash. It's at least money put to a better use compared to this.
Last edited by Spicoli; 07-18-2013 at 12:52 PM.
I have no issues with the cover. It is an image of a terrorist and within the context of the article makes complete sense. Rolling Stone has had plenty of non rock nutters on its cover in the past and is this no more that that. Rollingstone has excellent articles on all kinds of social issues and this is in that lineage.
"Oh but he looks likes a rock star". What do they want? The S and M gear, piercings, tattoos, and a face of pure hate? He was just a bloke and he isn't being glorified.
....I bet they say Johar was "bullied" into Radical Islam or some bullshit like that to make it seem like "Well, he just had no other choice than to become a terrorist" some haughty "Well white people just don't understand" sob story about how hard it is being not white in America and how we should all feel horrible for the way Johar was treated.....wouldn't surprise me if Matt Taibbi wrote some bullshit like that
I'm kind of torn on this issue.
People bring up the fact that when you put a guy like Tsarnaev on the cover of the Rolling Stones, or name a guy like Luka Magnotta the "Newsmaker of the Year", you're really giving these guys what they want and encouraging these psychopathic fame-seekers to commit horrendous acts to achieve that notoriety. Essentially it's giving the psychopaths a world stage. And I'd agree with that assessment.
But on the other hand, it is the media's responsibility to report/write about/ect the most pressing and intriguing issues facing society, and like it or not, the Tsarnaev saga is an incredible story that had people on the edge of their seats internationally. The Newtown massacre had people mourning all over the globe, as did the Colorado movie shooting. As horrible as this stuff is, our natural reaction is to want answers. We want to know more about the perps and what would cause them to commit such horrible atrocities. I want to know what makes a priviledged kid want to shoot up a school, or a young university student who's seemingly so normal and ingrained in American culture suddenly participate in a 2-man war against the US. These issues really need to be examined.
But at the same time, I acknowledge that Rolling Stone is trying to drum up controversy with this move. Their motives aren't as pure as they'd like us to believe.
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