DISTURBED and DEVICE singer David Draiman spoke to Revolt TV about the controversy surrounding the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine which features a cover photo of the Boston Marathon bombing suspectDzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev. You can now watch the chat below.
Critics have accused the magazine of glorifying Tsarnaev like a rock star by depicting him in the same light as a young Bob Dylan or Jim Morrison.
On what his first reaction upon learning of the Rolling Stone‘s “The Bomber” cover:
“I think that the media has spent far too much time making these acts of evil and cowardice attractive to an entire generation of future maniacs who are looking to go out in a blast of martyrdom and infamy.
“I find the entire situation much akin to the actions of a pimp trying to whore something out for his own best interests. I find it completely disgusting and repugnant.”
On whether it was merely the fact that Rolling Stone put the bombing suspect on the cover that he found so objectionable or if it was also the fact that the cover photo portrays the Tsarnaev in a glamorous light:
Draiman: “It’s a combination of everything. 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 Jahar, freeJahar.’ Why? ‘Cause he’s cute? ‘Cause you find him attractive? And somebody who’s cute with tousled hair couldn’t possibly have commited something like this?
“People are out of their goddamn minds.
“We’re teaching people to go ahead and just idolize and beauty, and no matter what, if you have a pretty face, you can’t possibly do anything wrong. And that’s absolutely ridiculous and nonsensical. And it’s blowing up in their face. You have retail chain and retail chain, a domino effect has already been occurring of store after store — whether it’s CVS, Rite Aid,Walgreen, Kmart, and the list keeps going on of stores and chains that simply have refused to carry this issue, and I hope that they refuse to carry the magazine in general.”
On whether his views are based purely on seeing the cover of the newRolling Stone issue or whether he has also read the accompanying article:
Draiman: “I’ve read the article and I still feel the same way. 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.
“I’ve had a very, very colorful life, so to speak. I’ve had my trials and tribulations. I’ve experienced betrayal and death and loss in ways that most people couldn’t possibly imagine. It didn’t turn me into a terrorist. And looking into what made this monster isn’t going to stop future monsters from being made. What’s going to stop future monsters from being made is not glamorizing them and giving them infamy and putting their face all over the press.”
On whether he thinks there is any benefit to Tsarnaev‘s story being told as a cautionary tale:
Draiman: “No. Not in terms of… Do we do an investigation? Yes. Should the government look into certain factors and cell organizations that may foster and that may be a catalyst for this type of behavior? Absolutely.”
On the argument that Rolling Stone has done this kind of story before it put Charles Manson on the cover of a 1970 issue of the magazine:
Draiman: “And you know what?! Two wrongs don’t make a right.
“You can’t even compare the two — this is apples and oranges — and so people who are always constantly making reference to the Manson cover are making fools of themselves, because those are two completely different situations, they are two different completely different time periods, two completely different cultures and one does not justify the other.
“Have some common sense. Have some decency. Have some taste. For the longest period of time, getting the cover of Rolling Stone was a tremendous accomplishment for any pop-culture icon. This destroys it — destroys it completely. If you can put this bastard on your page, who had no problem laying that backpack down in front of an area full of civilians that everybody saw him do, it’s pimping at its purest level. They are pimping out this story, they are pimping out an idea, and they are creating a platform for a future generation of psychopaths to want to go out in a blaze of glory, to be able to be remembered for all time, to be able to be immortalized in that way. They’re encouraging this behavior by glamorizing it. You remember the victims and the heroes and the first responders, you do not remember the murderers. You bury them as deep as you possibly can.
“This isn’t just a matter of creating controversy to sell magazines. If you wanna go ahead and pimp something out — do us a favor, take your daughter, put her in a slutty dress and throw her on the street and do whatever the hell you want and it’s your own goddamn business. Don’t do it in front of the entire goddamn country. Don’t do it front of the people of Boston who have suffered through this entire situation. Don’t insult the legacy that you’ve tried to create with a magazine that’s supposed to symbolize something great which you’ve now completely defaced.”
BLACK SABBATH’s triumphant 2013 tour — which kicked off earlier this year in Australia — can now be seen by fans around the world via the forthcoming “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” (Vertigo/Republic).
Due out November 26, “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” will be available via a variety of formats. Options include:
* DVD standalone
* Blu-ray standalone
* Blu-ray/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in a Blu-ray case
* DVD/CD combo pack with a CD featuring live audio from the show, all packaged in an Amaray box
* Deluxe box with a Blu-ray disc of live show with exclusive bonus visual extras/two DVD discs/a CD featuring live audio from the show/poster/signed set list/photo booklet/guitar picks/official show “ticket”
“Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” was recorded April 29 and May 1, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia when the band — Ozzy Osbourne (vocals), Tony Iommi (guitar) andGeezer Butler (bass) — kicked off their world tour in support of their “13” album, which entered the charts at No. 1 in 13 countries (including their first #1 in the U.S.). Meanwhile,BLACK SABBATH will head to South America and Mexico in October for a headlining stadium tour (where they’re expected to play to more than 300,000 fans) and then on to Europe in November and December.
“Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” track listings:
Blu-ray and DVD track listing is as follows:
01. War Pigs
02. Into The Void
05. Black Sabbath
06. Behind The Wall Of Sleep
09. Fairies Wear Boots
10. Symptom Of The Universe
11. Iron Man
12. End Of The Beginning
13. Children Of The Grave
14. God Is Dead?
15. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro) / Paranoid
CD track listing is as follows:
01. War Pigs
03. Black Sabbath
06. Iron Man
07. End Of The Beginning
08. Fairies Wear Boots
09. God Is Dead?
10. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Intro) / Paranoid
A performance clip of the song “Loner” featuring footage from “Black Sabbath: Live…Gathered in Their Masses” can be seen below.
Locoape, a division of Toynk Toys LLC, announces today that they have entered into an agreement with Global Merchandising Services who represent the worldwide merchandising rights for ANTHRAX, MOTÖRHEAD and SLAYER. Locoape will be producing a high-end, limited-edition ugly-sweater collection.
Following up on the massive success of 2012’s SLAYER Christmas sweater, Locoape has come on board to fulfill metal fans request for more sweaters of their favorite metal artists. Slated for 2013 selling season are ANTHRAX, MOTÖRHEAD and SLAYER. 2014 will see a wider selection of Global’s roster available for the holidays.
Each unique sweater features the iconic imagery made famous by each metal artist, with that addition of the ugly holiday sweater vibe. The sweaters are made of a soft, heavy poly‐blend and run from size S to size XXXL.
Currently on sale on their individual Global Merchandising’s web stores, fans can also find the sweaters at Toynk.com.
“Ugly Christmas sweater” or “tacky Christmas sweater” parties have been a holiday staple for several years, but there have been very few places to actually buy these sweaters. That has since changed, according to Time magazine, which reports that vintage stores, the Salvation Army, and Goodwill are reaping the benefits of this craze, as are fast-fashion shops like H&M and high-end retailers such as Nordstrom.
Locoape is a trademarked brand of Toynk LLC. The Locoape brand serves as a licensee/manufacturer focused on producing fun and unique products covering the world of popular culture, toys, apparel and collectibles with an emphasis on the music industry.