CVS says it won't sell the magazine.

RiteAid joins the boycott.

Neither will Walgreens.

Roche Bros. supermarkets also refuse to sell the magazine.

Elton John and partner David Furnish's baby born by surrogate earned them a US magazine cover. Some shops in the South refused to stock the publication.

A supermodel shaving the Constant Craving singer on the front of Vanity Fair got many people in a bit of a lather. But it wasn't the first time that the Conde Nast publication had been in hot water.

A heavily pregnant Demi in August 1991...

...was followed by a body-painted suit a couple of years later.

Rolling Stone is no stranger to controversy. It ain't easy being Yeezy, you know.

You may not have been able to see a nipple, but Time's breastfeeding cover of last year garnered mostly negative responses, even amongst "lactivists."

Time was accused of intentionally trying to make Simpson look darker than he actually was.

Retailers Refuse To Carry Rolling Stone's Boston Bomber Issue

Yet the magazine is not apologizing. In a statement, the editors say the profile suits the magazine's "commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage."

Several retailers say they are refusing to sell the recent issue of Rolling Stone due to the controversial nature of its cover, featuring Boston bomber Dzhorkhar Tsarnaev.

Rolling Stone has issued a statement following the uproar over the cover. The city's mayor yesterday called the cover "ill-conceived at best, and reaffirms a terrible message that destruction gains fame for killers and their causes. Boston City Council President Stephen Murphy called the cover "disgusting."

Here is Rolling Stone's statement in full.

Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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. –THE EDITORS

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  • Drew

    Rolling Stone, needing shock to get headlines and sell magazines.  Can't tell me that a group of editors were sitting around that office and said "Hey, if we put a portrait of the Boston Bomber on the cover, we'll stir up some controversy, get some headlines and sell more magazines.."  

  • carlinscuderi

    Quite the slap-to-the-face for families and friends affected by what happened in Boston.