Why Are 5 Seconds of Summer Fans Upset About Their 'Rolling Stone' Cover Story?

FUSE TV - Why Are 5 Seconds of Summer Fans Upset About Their 'Rolling Stone' Cover Story?

Holiday week was something of a roller coaster ride for fans of 5 Seconds of Summer

On Christmas afternoon, an image of Rolling Stone's January cover--a photo of 5SOS, fully nude, with hands over their genitals--hit the Web. The quartet's bodies were covered in red and black text, with each message one of their own lyrics or song titles. Questions debating its authenticity surfaced, but mostly, there was excitement. Finally, this don't-call-them-a-boy-band pop-punk act was being viewed as credible in a critical sphere. What's a bigger milestone than landing a RS cover? Let's remember that the band responsible for much of their early success, One Direction, was never given such an honor. 

The next day, the full story ran on RollingStone.com. It quickly eclipsed the nude photograph on the controversy scale. 

The profile is the most in-depth 5SOS feature to date, and examines the Aussie lads over the course of a jam-packed week: a Good Charlotte reunion show they partially inspired, the American Music Awards and its Justin Bieber after-parties, guitarist Michael Clifford's 20th birthday, a taping of Ryan Seacrest's New Year's Rockin' Eve, and more.

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