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Augustans react with dismay to Rolling Stone cover

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

Ian Elkins is from the Boston area and he doesn't think the accused marathon bomber should be featured in the Rolling Stone.

"Whatever you think of the bombings, it's not something you put on the cover of Rolling Stone. It's not art, it's certainly not music, it's nothing that should be on the cover of a magazine," he said.

The cover of the August 3rd edition of the magazine reads, "The bomber. How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."

The magazine cover is a picture the suspected bomber posted online.

"Rolling Stone is supposed to put out good people; that's not a good person. I wouldn't even pick up that magazine," said Brenda Squire.

Rhonda Kress said, "It does make him famous and I think for all the wrong reasons."

But not everyone has a problem with it. Charles Butler says the article may provide insight as to what caused the attack.

"I'm fine what that because that's what we need to know to have more awareness," said Butler.

As far as Elkins is concerned, the cover takes the focus off of the victims and shines the spotlight onto the suspect.

"It's not about the bomber himself, it's about the exposure that an act like that and a tragedy like that gets on the cover of a magazine like Rolling Stone and it's not right, nor is it fair," Elkins, said.

After receiving criticism over their cover story, the magazine released an online statement saying their hearts go out to the victims of the Boston bombing.

They also said, "The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day."

Some stores, such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid have said they won't carry the edition on their shelves.

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