Recent decision of the Rolling Stone magazine to place the accused Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the front cover of its latest edition sparked a furious backlash from Disturbed frontman David Draiman.
In a statement on Twitlonger, the singer bashed the magazine in one of his most intense outbursts the public got to see.
"How far the mighty have fallen," Draiman started, "I used to dream of making the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, as it used to be the ultimate statement of legitimacy for an aspiring musician and it meant that you had really made it. Over the past 5 years, Rolling Stone has become less and less about music, and has become more and more about bullshit pop-culture nonsense. Even though many of us may not care for it, we were able to live with it ... until this.
"You... dare... to... put... the... image... of... the... Boston... bomber... on... the... f--king... cover... of... your... magazine!!!!???? Are you out of your ultra-liberal, sympathetic-to-a-fault f--king minds???
"You have not only succeeded in blatantly insulting and dishonoring the victims and families whose lives were forever affected by this rabid animal, but you have now glorified his cowardly and unforgivable act. Why? Because it will sell magazines? Because it will create controversy? Because you actually do sympathize with this abhorrent, cowardly, piece of sh-t?
"You have made it attractive and validated the act to a whole new generation of wannabe terrorists seeking martyrdom and infamy. You, and your kind, are the reason why people think that they can go out 'in a blaze of glory' while murdering innocents.
"Honestly, and I mean this from the bottom of my heart... go... f--k... yourselves. The next terrorist/murdering incident, be it another bomber, or a madman with an assault rifle, unleashing fire upon a school full of children, is on you.
"May your consciences (if you even have them) weigh immeasurable heavy on you for the rest of your lives. I condemn this act, this notion, and this worthless piece-of-sh-t f--king rag of a magazine. May the powers that be have mercy upon your souls, because the next time something like this happens, I assure you, the world won't.
"Go to hell."
Draiman wasn't the only prominent rock figure to publicly unleash his anger over the controversial cover, as the likes of Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, Testament's Alex Skolnick and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee have also condemned the magazine, supporting Draiman and even calling for a Rolling Stone boycott.
The magazine's senior editor Christian Hoard initially tweeted a response saying "I guess we should have drawn a d-ck on Dzhokhar's face or something?" but had it soon deleted.
Dave Navarro (@DaveNavarro) July 17, 2013
Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) July 17, 2013
I've devoted 30 yrs to being the best I can be & will likely NEVER be on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine...but a teenage terrorist can
Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) July 18, 2013
T O M M Y L E E (@MrTommyLand) July 17, 2013
Who's on the cover next issue Charles Manson? Oh wait... http://t.co/JNgWcmSbyv
Scott Ian (@Scott_Ian) July 17, 2013
Rolling Stone. So irrelevant they put the least influential terrorist in recent history on the cover. A 19 y/o... http://t.co/3b0Ntdhb5s
Philip Labonte (@philthatremains) July 17, 2013