BLACK SABBATH singer Ozzy Osbourne has weighed in on the controversy surrounding the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine which features a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Critics have accused the magazine of glorifying Tsarnaev like a rock star by depicting him in the same light as a young Bob Dylan or Jim Morrison.
Speaking to Mistress Carrie of the Worcester/Boston, Massachusetts radio station WAAF on Wednesday (July 17), Ozzy said, “I’m sorry, I wouldn’t put [Tsarnaev] on a roll of toilet paper, let alone the front cover of Rolling Stone.”
Regarding the city of Boston, Ozzy said, “It will take more than two idiots to stop Boston. Boston is a strong town, man. It’s my kind of town.”
The editors at Rolling Stone have released a statement defending the cover. “Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families,” they wrote. “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. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.”