Black Sabbath frontman Ozzy Osbourne recently gave his thoughts on the controvertial cover of the latest Rolling Stone magazine issue featuring Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
During a chat on WAAF Radio (via Blabbermouth), Ozzy criticized the magazine's actions, saying, "I'm sorry, I wouldn't put [Tsarnaev] on a roll of toilet paper, let alone the front cover of Rolling Stone."
The singer also gave a word of support to Boston, noting that "it will take more than two idiots to stop Boston. Boston is a strong town, man. It's my kind of town."
As one of the rockers who stood out the most in condemning the cover, Disturbed frontman David Draiman elaborated his thoughts further in a separate Revolt TV interview, comparing the Rolling Stone's decision to "a pimp trying to whore something out for his own best interests. I find it completely disgusting and repugnant, he added.
When asked about what exactly does he object to such extent regarding the magazine's front page, Draiman said: "They are already putting him on the cover, number one. Number two, they picked the cutest goddamn picture they could find of the guy. They airbrushed the hell out of it. They made him look all pretty, because he's got some sort of sick fan club of these little girls that follow him that are all about, 'Free Dzhokhar, free Dzhokhar.'"Why? 'Cause he's cute? 'Cause you find him attractive? And somebody who's cute with tousled hair couldn't possibly have committed something like this? People are out of their goddamn minds."
The singer also pointed out that he did actually read the article, rather than just judging solely based on the cover.
"I've read the article and I still feel the same way," he said. "And you know something?! Sometimes it's just crazy. You don't need to know how this guy came to be, who he was. Everybody's their own person, everybody's capable of making their own choices, everybody's cognizant of their own choices. And the minute that you start blaming everything around you for why somebody loses their goddamn mind is the minute that everybody comes up with an excuse to be a maniac."
After causing a severe negative backlash, Rolling Stone posted an official statement to defend the cover, saying that it "falls within the traditions of journalism."