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Jack Osbourne launches Rolling Stone petition over cover story

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Jul 19, 2013 | 3:19pm EDT

Jack Osbourne has launched a petition urging bosses at Rolling Stone magazine to donate proceeds from their new cover story on the Boston Marathon bombings suspect to victims of the tragedy. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 17, remains in custody, charged with 30 counts following his alleged involvement in planting two pressure cooker explosives near the finish line of the annual race in Massachusetts on 15 April (13). The teen, who has pleaded not guilty to the crimes, has become the focus of the music bible's August (13) edition, sparking outrage from readers, including Ozzy Osbourne's kids Kelly and Jack, who has launched a campaign on Change.org, asking fans to force publishers to donate profits from the sale of the issue to a charity fund set up to help the victims and their families. In an excerpt, he writes, "Glamorizing a suspected terrorist on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine is not controversial, it's just wrong. Innocent people have been killed or injured by the alleged actions of this man. There is no justification for awarding him a cover spot traditionally reserved for entertainment icons. It is this kind of action that encourages other sick individuals to act out in hopes of earning notoriety or martyrdom for their cause... "This petition does not take issue with the cover story, but the cover. We support the first amendment and the freedom of the press, but we do not support glorifying suspected terrorists in this manner. The innocent victims, their families, the first responders, and the people of Boston are the ones who deserve to be honored and remembered. We challenge Rolling Stone Magazine to donate ALL profits (retail and advertising revenue) generated from the August issue to all the victims, surviving family members, and first responders adversely affected by the Boston Marathon bombings." Three people were killed and another 264 were injured in the attack. Tsarnaev was arrested days after the blasts following a massive manhunt, which resulted in the death of his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shoot-out with police.

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