Rolling Stone is getting a lot of heat for featuring Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its latest cover. Some are disturbed by the magazine using a teen heartthrob-esque photo of him, while others simply object to the idea of a domestic terrorist occupying a slot usually reserved for musicians and celebrities. Many stores are outright refusing to carry the issue.
But so far, no musician has expressed as much righteous indignation as metal singer David Draiman. The Disturbed/Device frontman absolutely tore the venerated magazine apart on TwitLonger, saying they are "glorifying his cowardly and unforgivable act" in order to "sell magazines [and] create controversy." While we'll have to wait a few days to see how this issue sells, but there's no doubt he's right about the latter claim: Rolling Stone has been trending on Twitter the entire day.
"I used to dream of making the cover of Rolling Stone magazine," Draiman said in his all-caps rant. "It used to be the ultimate statement of legitimacy for an aspiring musician." After railing the magazine's editors for their "ultra-liberal, sympathetic to a fault" attitude, Draiman points out there's more at stake here than a tactless cover photo: There's the possibility that they're glorifying, and therefore encouraging, terrorism.
"You have it made [terrorism] attractive to a whole new generation of wannabe terrorists seeking martyrdom and infamy," Draiman wrote. "Your kind are the reason why people think 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."
Other musicians have responded similarly, although none have matched Draiman's rage and detailed analysis. OneRepublic tweeted the cover was "pathetic" and asked, "So now he's a rockstar?? I'm sure the victims are loving that." Tommy Lee offered a simple "WTF."