Boston natives react to bombing suspect on Rolling Stone cover
Fox 4 News Staff
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BONITA SPRINGS. Fla. - Outrage after Rolling Stone magazine puts the Boston Marathon bombing suspect on its cover.
Many people with ties to Boston are disturbed by the Rolling Stone's decision to profile the Boston bombing suspect. But the magazine says it's an important, albeit, unfortunate part of our culture.
Stepping into the bar Landsowne Street in Bonita Springs, is like a quick trip to Boston. The Red Sox memorabilia, New England clam chowder, even the restrooms make Joe Lyons feel at home.
"I come as often as I can," said Lyons, who moved to Naples from Boston four years ago. "It's just the atmosphere overall."
But when Lyons thinks about April 15 in the city he lived in for 70 years, his heart sinks.
"A tragedy," remembered Lyons.
It was the Boston Marathon. The day three people were killed and more than 260 injured, when two bombs exploded. On Friday when Rolling Stone magazine hits news stands, the suspect in the attack, Dzokhar Tsarnaev, will be featured on the cover.
"I think it's a disgrace," commented Lyons. "And it should never be done. [Rolling Stone magazine] should just get back to reality."
The magazine defends the article saying it's within tradition of quote "...serious and thoughtful coverage..." The article in it sets out to explain why an American student turned to radical Islam.
Paul Kouto, a regular at Landsowne Street, says he's been buying Rolling Stone magazine for 30 years and just about never missed an issue. He says this will be his first.
"I won't this time with the killer on the front page," said Kuoto.
For those who want the magazine, it may be harder to get. Both CVS and Walgreens announced to pull it from their shelves.
"I use CVS and I'll probably use them a lot more after this," said Ronnie Sparks, another patron at the bar, visiting from South Carolina.
Joe Lyons feels the same. To him, the latest issue of Rolling Stone shouldn't have made it off the printing press in the first place.
"Everybody should stop especially the ones in Florida, the ones in Boston, all of the major stores."
The latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine hits news stands on Friday.