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Disturbed’s David Draiman Rips Rolling Stone for Featuring Accused Bomber on Cover

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Rolling Stone magazine has drawn an enormous amount of criticism for the cover of their current issue. It features Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the teenager charged in the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured 260. Device / Disturbed frontman David Draiman is among the many expressing outrage over the decision.

In an extended tweet, Draiman said that putting Tsarnaev on the cover of Rolling Stone (pictured here) insulted and dishonored the victims. He went on to say, “The next terrorist/murdering incident, be it another bomber, or a madman with an assault rife, unleashing fire upon a school full of children, is on you.”

A couple of retail chains have already announced they will not carry the issue with Tsarnaev on the cover, with calls for more boycotts expected. In a statement, the editors of Rolling Stone defended their choice, saying “the cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s longstanding commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage.”

Here’s Draiman’s full statement:

HOW FAR THE MIGHTY HAVE FALLEN,

I USED TO DREAM OF MAKING THE COVER OF ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE, AS IT USED TO BE THE ULTIMATE STATEMENT OF LEGITIMACY FOR AN ASPIRING MUSICIAN AND IT MEANT THAT YOU HAD REALLY MADE IT. OVER THE PAST 5 YEARS, ROLLING STONE HAS BECOME LESS AND LESS ABOUT MUSIC, AND HAS BECOME MORE AND MORE ABOUT BULLS–T, POP CULTURE NONSENSE. EVEN THOUGH MANY OF US MAY NOT CARE FOR IT, WE WERE ABLE TO LIVE WITH IT…UNTIL THIS.

YOU…DARE…TO…PUT…THE…IMAGE…OF…THE…BOSTON…BOMBER…ON…THE…F–KING…COVER…OF…YOUR…MAGAZINE!!!!????
ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR ULTRA-LIBERAL, SYMPATHETIC TO A FAULT, F–KING MINDS???
YOU HAVE NOT ONLY SUCCEEDED IN BLATANTLY INSULTING AND DISHONORING THE VICTIMS AND FAMILIES WHOSE LIVES WERE FOREVER EFFECTED BY THIS RABID ANIMAL, BUT YOU HAVE NOW GLORIFIED HIS COWARDLY AND UNFORGIVABLE ACT. WHY? BECAUSE IT WILL SELL MAGAZINES? BECAUSE IT WILL CREATE CONTROVERSY? BECAUSE YOU ACTUALLY DO SYMPATHIZE WITH THIS ABHORRENT, COWARDLY, PIECE OF S–T? YOU HAVE MADE IT ATTRACTIVE AND VALIDATED THE ACT, TO A WHOLE NEW GENERATION OF WANNA BE TERRORISTS SEEKING MARTYRDOM AND INFAMY. YOU, AND YOUR KIND ARE THE REASON WHY PEOPLE THINK THAT THEY CAN GO OUT “IN A BLAZE OF GLORY” WHILE MURDERING INNOCENTS. HONESTLY, AND I MEAN THIS FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART…GO…F–K…YOURSELVES.

THE NEXT TERRORIST/MURDERING INCIDENT, BE IT ANOTHER BOMBER, OR A MADMAN WITH AN ASSAULT RIFLE, UNLEASHING FIRE UPON A SCHOOL FULL OF CHILDREN, IS ON YOU.

MAY YOUR CONSCIENCES (IF YOU EVEN HAVE THEM) WEIGH IMMEASURABLE HEAVY ON YOU FOR THE REST FO YOUR LIVES. I CONDEMN THIS ACT, THIS NOTION, AND THIS WORTHLESS PIECE OF S–T F–KING RAG OF A MAGAZINE. MAY THE POWERS THAT BE HAVE MERCY UPON YOUR SOULS, BECAUSE THE NEXT TIME SOMETHING LIKE THIS HAPPENS, I ASSURE YOU, THE WORLD WONT.

-GO TO HELL

 

Draiman is not the only rocker to lash out at Rolling Stone. See how musicians such as Dave Navarro, Tommy Lee and Scott Ian reacted to the controversial magazine cover by clicking below:

Rockers React to Controversial Rolling Stone Magazine Cover

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