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Rolling Stone Stirring Controversy

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It's a cover that's sparking a lot of debate. Rolling Stone's August issue, featuring the picture of one of the Boston Marathon Bombers. Inside, the story of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, told by the people who knew him, about how this young man with promising future, became "a monster."

Regardless of opinion, this is something that many people are talking about.

"I mean whether it was good celebrity or bad celebrity status, it was an attention grabber. They want to see magazines and they grabbed your attention," said Jayme Young of Erie.

"I wouldn't buy it if I saw it," said Mary Wingrove of Millcreek. "I was just talking to a friend of mine and we said if we had subscriptions, we would cancel it."

So how's a musician feel about this cover? David Dunn of Erie's French Kiss, said he's worried this article is sending the wrong message on what the magazine's about.

"I mean to have something like that, the Boston Bomber, on a magazine like that, it's not promoting music very well." 

Social media was jammed-packed with comments. On Twitter Wednesday, plenty made their opinions known to Rolling Stone. Editors of the magazine, defended the article, saying:

"Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing... This story falls within the magazine's commitment serious and thoughtful coverage."

Plenty of stores have already vowed not to sell the edition, including Wallgreens and CVS. The question left to be answered now is will the controversial move mean higher sales, or a loss of subscribers?

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