Whoever the marketing guru is at Rolling Stone magazine, I hope they got a week's paid vacation in Bermuda for this stroke of marketing genius...
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Well done, Rolling Stone. The only way this could get better for you is if some foaming-at-the-mouth rightwinger (Savage? Beck? Limbaugh?) bought up a bunch of magazines and lit them on fire. You've managed to turn an aging has-been magazine most notable (pre-terrorist cover) for, well, I guess that song in the 1970s into something, well, kinda relevant... Whoever dreamed this up is a marketing genius - the buzz created by this cover will sell magazines for months, if not years. The more boycotts and refusals to sell the better - this is Tipper Gore's PMRC cranked up to 11, baby.
This is the equivalent of the "What caliber for bear" or "What gun should I get my girlfriend" posts on the gun forums of yore, with "Glock vs. 1911" and "9mm vs. .45 ACP" thrown in the mix as well. It's a stunt, pure and simple - he's posed a la Jim Morrison. About the only thing missing is a Che T-shirt. They knew this would create all kinds of controversy, and they're using it to jump-start their dead tree magazine like Dr. Frankenstein used lightning, baby. This will sell a million copies, and for every chain store that drops them, their cool factor jumps three notches. You think "2 Live Crew" would have ever had national airplay if their album wasn't banned?
Who knew that oh-so-counterculture Rolling Stone was so cynically capitalist?
That is all.