The August issue of the magazine depicts Tsarnaev, with long, shaggy hair and sporting a light beard and mustache.
Rolling Stone garnered massive outrage. Mayor Thomas Menino called it a ‘disgrace’ and issued a strong response on Wednesday saying that the publication was wrong to reward a terrorist with celebrity treatment.
Currently everyone is talking about it, mostly against it, and Colbert surprisingly (or not) defended the magazine by saying that it had to feature the bomber on the cover to get publicity since magazines are dying anyway. He also described the ‘legacy’ of Rolling Stone magazine covers.
“The cover of Rolling Stone magazine has long been a cultural landmark,” said Colbert reminding people of the cover featuring him and The Daily Show host Jon Stewart together. He continued, “So when a Rolling Stone cover features something controversial people notice.” And then he showed a couple of news reports and public reaction to the cover calling for a boycott of the magazine.
“Yes, and organizing a boycott for a magazine is no easy task. Because first… You have to find someone who BUYS magazines,” joked Colbert.
And then The Colbert Report host went down the sarcasm lane pointing out how all the backlash is unnecessary when Rolling Stone has always followed the tradition of posting faces of ‘role models’ such as OJ Simpson and Charles Manson.
“Uptil now, Rolling Stone's covers always featured role models such as Roman Polanski, O.J. Simpson and Charles Manson," Colbert remarked.
He kind of made his point there in one single sentence. You can watch his complete analysis in the video above.