I’m really disappointed with anyone who thinks CVS or any other business is justified in _not_ selling Rolling Stone because they are afraid of controversy over the current issue’s cover, which features a picture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect in a pose that makes him look like a teen heartthrob. (Accompanied by the words “The Bomber” in large, bold letters, and the description of him as “a monster.”)
If you don’t want it, don’t buy it. But having a vendor turn their back on carrying it – especially if it’s because _some_ of their customers might get offended – prevents anyone else who might want it from buying it.
If you’re thinking “Yeah, that’s it, exactly,” just hold on for one second. That’s *economic censorship* plain and simple. And that’s against the very spirit, if not the letter, of the First Amendment.
You know, one of those rights that some terrorists would just as soon see us do without.
The whole point of the cover is to demonstrate the paradox of the Boston Marathon bombings – that this wasn’t carried out by some swarthy “evildoer” in an Afghanistan cave wearing a turban – this was done by a kid that could just as easily be your neighbor, your boyfriend, or your college roommate.
We’ve watched our constitutional freedoms dissolve since 9/11 in a miasma of panicked, ill-thought-out responses to a largely invisible enemy. Here’s another opportunity for us to show we’re better than them, and, as usual, we’re fumbling the fucking ball.
I’m particularly appalled at my fellow Bostonians and Bay Staters who share my left-leaning Massachusetts librul sensitivities, who think, inaccurately, that this cover or the editorial content therein in any way glorify this incredibly twisted and malevolent young man. You need a lesson in reading comprehension and less knee-jerking.
For shame on all of you. For shame.