Rolling Stone created quite a stir when they made the controversial decision to put Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of their most recent issue, three months after the horrific incident took place.
But Jack Osbourne may have come up with the perfect solution for the pop culture magazine to show their support for all of the victims!
Like many others, Jack expressed his frustrations in Rolling Stone's decision and accused them of "glamorizing" Dzhokhar, saying:
"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."
Despite his disapproval, Jack said he recognized the magazine's first amendment rights to put him on the cover, but he still decided to take some action.
He went on to create a petition, but instead of asking Rolling Stone to pull their issues from the shelves, he asked them to donate the money they made from the issue to all of the victims and wrote:
"The innocent victims, their families, the first responders, and the people of Boston are the ones who deserve to be honored and remembered. We challenge Rolling Stone Magazine to donate ALL profits (retail and advertising revenue) generated from the August issue to all the victims, surviving family members, and first responders adversely affected by the Boston Marathon bombings."
Over 41,000 people have signed the petition which is still about 8,000 shy from its goal of 50,000 total!
As we have said before, Rolling Stone was completely within their rights to put Dzhokhar on their cover, but it still comes across as a bit insensitive to those who are still recovering from the awful event that took place three months ago.
By donating their profits, Rolling Stone can show their support to all of the victims while proving they were in fact focusing on their "commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage" and not simply trying to sell magazines.
[Image via WENN and Rolling Stone.]
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