The August issue of Rolling Stone magazine with a close-up photograph of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover is scheduled to hit stores today, but many retailers are refusing to sell it.
From H-E-B in Texas to Hy-Vee in Iowa to Tedeschi in Boston, grocery retailers across the country are refusing to sell the issue. Other retailers include Roundy’s Supermarkets, Walmart, CVS, United Supermarkets, Wegmans, Walgreens, Rite Aid and Stop and Shop, and the list continues to grow.
“This was an easy business decision for us,” said Robert Taylor, CEO of Lubbock, Texas-based United Supermarkets. “To do anything that would glorify terrorist behavior simply goes against what our company stands for.”
“In general, the decision whether or not to carry a particular publication rests with each individual store; however, in response to feedback from our customers, we have asked all our stores to refrain from displaying or selling the issue of Rolling Stone in question,” Hy-Vee said in a statement.
“Due to comments expressed by our customers and out of respect to the victims, families and friends who were impacted by the April 15th Boston Marathon tragedy, Roundy’s will not be selling the August issue of Rolling Stone magazine,” said James Hyland, VP of investor relations and corporate communications for Roundy’s.
Tsarnaev has been charged with 30 counts ranging from murder to using a weapon of mass destruction for his role in building, planting and detonating an improvised explosive device near the finish line of the Boston Marathon in April. The explosion killed three people and injured more than 260; some of the victims lost limbs or suffered other serious wounds.