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Letter: Defense of magazine cover misses the point

Re “They were right to challenge us” (Monitor Opinion page, July 27):

Unlike Robert Azzi, I know little about magazine covers except how they affect me. I believe, however, that although there are many opinions about the article about the accused Boston Marathon bomber published in Rolling Stone, there is less diversity about this particular photo of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Mr. Azzi, you have completely missed the point. You defend the article and the fact that there is a picture of one of the Boston bombers on the cover. You say very little about the type of picture (his “self-portrait”) – the sexualized, alluring photo that Rolling Stone chose to use. Those who were drawn to read the article would have done so without the photo-shopped-looking, handsome-sultry photo of an accused terrorist. They did not have to show him bloody and gory either.

Some would be outraged no matter what the photo or article, but personally I find the movie-star-looking, challenging-stare, stick-it-in-our-faces picture a disgusting and disrespectful treatment that the magazine chose to present.



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