The issue is set to hit newsstands Friday, but as controversy has risen, several retailers have decided it will not ever make their shelves, including CVS Pharmacy and New England grocer Tedeschi Food Shops.
"CVS/pharmacy has decided not to sell the current issue of Rolling Stone featuring a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspect. As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones," the company's Facebook page said.
Later in the day, pharmacy chain Walgreens followed suit.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. Walgreens will not be selling this issue of Rolling Stone magazine.— Walgreens (@Walgreens) July 17, 2013
The cover has sparked a storm of complaints on social media, saying that the selfie of Tsarnaev makes him look like a rock star, glorified as if he were Jim Morrison.
.@RollingStone never should've put that monster on their cover. It's incendiary and insulting.— Matt O'Malley (@MattOMalley) July 17, 2013
Tsarnaev is accused with his late brother of setting off bombs on April 15 near the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty to 30 charges brought against him last week.