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Rolling Stone Sales Skyrocket In Wake Of Controversial Boston Bomber Cover!

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We guess it's true what they say, there is no such thing as bad press!

Rolling Stone pissed off a flock of fans, advertisers, distributors, and even folks who didn't realize the magazine was still in print when it plastered Dzhokhar Tsarnaev — one of the alleged masterminds behind the Boston Marathon bombings — on it's August cover!

Boston officials — and even Jack Osbourne — raised hell over the cover, which certainly seemed to glorify the man charged with bringing a crap-ton of destruction down on the fine metropolis, and drug stores like CVS, 7-Eleven, and Walgreens flatly refused to carry copies of the issue at all!!

You'd think that might put a dent in sales, even if just a little bit!

And you'd be wrong!!

According to one person familiar with the circulation numbers, sales were up by one fifth!

That source said:

“It looks like the sales are up about 20 percent."

Wow! Color us SHOCKED!

Who knows, maybe those extra issues were purchased so angry protestors would have something to angrily burn!

[Image via Rolling Stone.]

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16 comments to “Rolling Stone Sales Skyrocket In Wake Of Controversial Boston Bomber Cover!”



  1. 1

    Maybe people bought it to read the crappy review of Jay-Z's new album.



  2. 2

    I think it's really funny (in a morbid type of way) that the image they chose is what bothers people the most; not the actual article which depicts him as a monster. The fact that they chose an image a la Zac Efron. Lol What, he should be wearing a turban???? No people. More than ever, terrorism looks like home. Lets not forget that.



  3. 3

    Re: summerpistol – Well that's the scary part, isn't it? That a terrorist can be the boy next door?



  4. 4

    They claim it didn't hurt sales. They lie.



  5. 5

    its not surprising at all. regular suscribers are not likely to cancel and if they did they already paid ahead anyways so makes no difference to sales. then the huge publicity will attract the other 20%. The real test is more long term because those who bought for this article wont be back next month and many subscribers will unsubscribe. then theres reputation damge to the mag. overall it ws a damaging cover choice id say.



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    Re: rosebud99 – but he doesnt look boy next door he looks cool indie rockstar. thats whats sickening. they wouldnt put him on cover if he looked like Zimmerman thats for sure. They totally glamorizing him and giving him Manson iconic status….remembered for decades simply for that covershot. all for cowardly planting a bag at a marathon event :/



  7. 7

    Great! This should encourage future terrorist and idiots to blow up more innocent people. What are we teaching here in America? That it's cool to do stupid stuff and get famous for it?



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    Re: Lasqueesha – But thats the truth! That's how the guy looks. They are not glamorizing anybody. People simply cannot accept that a good looking kid would be the terrorist. As if he should be wearing a turban.
    In the past, Hitler has been on the cover of various magazines.

    If people would take the time to read the article they would see what Rolling Stones was trying to accomplish. I am glad they chose the image they did. It totally shows that anybody can be a terrorist- not just they guy with the turban.



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    Re: pradagirl7 – How is it "cool"? Did you even read the article or are you just going with what everyone else is saying?

    lol. See THIS is the problem with America.



  10. 10

    PLUS, NOT TO MENTION THIS IS THE SAME EXACT PHOTO THEY USED ALL OVER THE NEWS WHEN IT FIRST HAPPENED.

    PEOPLE REALLY NEED TO STOP GOING WITH WHAT EVERYBODY ELSE IS SAYING AND ACTUALLY DO THEIR OWN RESEARCH.

  11. Busra Carter says – reply to this


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    Re: summerpistol
    I need more people like you on the internet! You are absolutely right, and yes, people need to start getting their heads out of other peoples asses and form their own opinion on things!
    Lots of love your way.

  12. Barnie says – reply to this


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    I can't believe you put this radical Islam killer on the front of your mag. it's poor taste it's not ROCKIN ROLL it's just POOR TASTE!!!!

  13. todd says – reply to this


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    This makes perfectly good sense for America!

    I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the Government paid Rolling Stone to put the Terrorist on the cover to remind America that they are in 'danger' so that they will feel better about their brothers and sisters fighting various wars started by America that rape those Countries of their resources (Oil) for profit.

    Think about it!

  14. Lore says – reply to this


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    It's funny how ignorant people are already convicting Jahar when they don't even know the whole story. He's a SUSPECT, Jahar is innocent until proven guilty….you all should know this before you judge someone without real evidence of guilt.



  15. 15

    because people are stupid and…and that's just the way it is.



  16. 16

    this just proves how dumb people are and they fail to grasp the simplest of concepts. You're going to get outraged over a cover, but then turn around and buy it. CAPITALISM RULES EVERYTHING. Your wallet controls everything. Don't like it? Don't buy it = Them hurt.