Ozzy Osbourne Joins Artists Ripping ‘Rolling Stone’ Boston Bomber Cover
Last week, rockers and celebs like Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx and Disturbed and Device frontman David Draiman reacted vehemently to 'Rolling Stone' magazine's questionable decision to put the suspected Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnev on the cover of the publication. Some critics felt that the cover glamorized a killer and suggested that a murderer can gain the same level of notoriety and respect as a rock god. Ozzy Osbourne is the latest rocker to offer his opinion on the magazine's choice of cover subject and he did so in a way that only he can!
During an interview with Boston rock station WAAF, Ozzy said (quote via Blabbermouth), "I'm sorry, I wouldn't put [Tsarnaev] on a roll of toilet paper, let alone the front cover of 'Rolling Stone.'" Zing! Ozzy wasn't mincing words and his point was well-taken.
While Ozzy is decidedly and firmly British, he still has loads of love for Beantown, saying, "It will take more than two idiots to stop Boston. Boston is a strong town, man. It's my kind of town."
The people of Boston were just paid a massive compliment by the Blizzard of Ozz! Being deemed Ozzy's kinda town is a huge accolade. What city wouldn't want Ozzy's love and to adopt him an honorary citizen?
For their part, the powers-that-be at the 'Rolling Stone' issued a statement defending the decision to put the suspected bomber on the cover. Clearly, they don't consider him toilet paper material like Ozzy does.
The statement is as follows:
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.