Backlash continues over Rolling Stone cover

Rolling Stone Magazine

A close-up picture of accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzokhar Tsarnaev is on the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone.

The cover story of the August 1st issue is entitled "The Bomber. How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster."

The article includes interviews with childhood friends, along with new details about the night Tsarnaev was captured.

Many readers literally aren't buying it, cancelling subscriptions overnight.

Several retailers have decided not to sell the upcoming issue including Walgreens, Rite Aid, and the New-England-based companies CVS, Stop-and-Shop and Tedeschi Food Shops.

Thousands of people on Facebook and Twitter are speaking out against the magazine.

The mayor of Boston sent a letter to the magazine's publisher saying the cover "rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment" and that the focus should instead be on the survivors.

Rolling Stone released this statement, "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."