Rolling Stone magazine has issued a response to the backlash following the release of their latest issue, which critics say portrays Adolf Hitler in a “romantic” light. Rolling Stone’s senior editor Christian Hoard says he’s “puzzled” by the public’s response.
“I don’t get it, basically,” he told reporters yesterday. “We were just trying to show how those who become brutal dictators and orchestrators of genocides start out as regular people with hopes and dreams.”
The August cover features a photo believed to have been taken in Vienna sometime between 1909 and 1913, while the future Führer was struggling in poverty after having been denied admission to the Vienna Academy of the Arts. The obvious selfie depicts a youthful Hitler, sans iconic moustache, in soft light, hunched in a homeless shelter surrounded by watercolor paraphernalia.
“He seems to have the regret of a young man who should have listened to his parents and gone into civil service,” said a Rolling Stone junior editor who wished to remain anonymous. “It’s a remarkable photo. You can see in his eyes that he’s starting to think not only, ‘How can I wipe out an entire ethnic group,’ but also, ‘How can I destroy at least one continent, possibly more?’”
Several retailers, including CVS and Rite Aid, have refused to sell the controversial issue, claiming that it gives Hitler “the celebrity treatment” and “glamourizes” his atrocities. “When it comes to selfies,” said a media spokesperson for CVS, “the public has spoken. Enough is enough.”
photo credit: pbs.org
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