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Runners call Rolling Stone cover tasteless

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes 'Rolling Stone's' cover. (Source: ROLLING STONE/CNN) Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes 'Rolling Stone's' cover. (Source: ROLLING STONE/CNN)
Anne Rock Anne Rock
Elizabeth Eisinger Elizabeth Eisinger
Howard Griffith Howard Griffith
Victor Taylor was glamorized with other death row inmates in a Benetton Ad campaign. Victor Taylor was glamorized with other death row inmates in a Benetton Ad campaign.

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's been the talk of the country and here in Louisville. The new Rolling Stone Magazine cover that's infuriating thousands of readers. Boston bombing suspect Dzokhar Tsarnaev is the August cover boy in a photo many believe is more of a glam shot.

WAVE 3 News talked with runners who've supported the bombing victims to get their reaction.

Runner Anne Rock explained, "My initial reaction was:  Bob Dylan had a grandson or Jim Morrison had some bizarre love baby from the future."

It's what rocked social media Wednesday including a Twitter Boycott of Rolling Stone Magazine as the August cover of the popular read was revealed.

Runner Elizabeth Eisinger added, "He looked all nice and fancy and not who I expected him to be."

Maybe that's because the cover usually reserved for rock stars, and leading ladies put Tsarnaev front and center looking more like a teen idol instead of the only surviving terror suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. The photo is also one Tsarnaev put out himself.  

Rock said, "To me, it was just crazy," she continued of the cover, "It's another crazy person and I'm not sure we need to celebrate that on the cover of a magazine."

Rolling Stone defended its decision. The magazine is certainly known for top notch journalism, but many Runners taking part in this Fleet Feet Sports event at Seneca Park said even if the story is well done, the glam cover photo sends a bad message and seems like a cheap way to sell magazines, saying maybe they should have used Tsarnaev's mug shot or said runner Howard Griffith, "They could have used a picture of the actual bombing and had a story in there about him just to kind of tone it down a little bit."

Fleet Feet Sports and its runners raised money for the victims of Boston.  

Eisinger said, "I think it was pretty tacky in light of how many people were injured and no, I don't think it was the right choice, It was tasteless."

Louisville had a similar controversy years ago when Victor Taylor, the man who killed two Trinity High students, was glamorized with other death row inmates in a Benetton Ad campaign. The Italian fashion company later apologized.

CVS was first to refuse the issue.  Walgreens followed and the owner of Louisville's Carmicle's Book store says they only a get a few copies so they'll let consumers decide.

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