Last week, Rolling Stone broke the Internet when it released images of its latest cover, which prominently features an image of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. CVS and Walgreens refused to carry the issue. The Mayor of Boston wrote a letter condemning Rolling Stone's decision. Even Louis C.K. said "f*** them" while explaining that he doesn't care what Rolling Stone said about him because they put the suspect on the cover.
Welp, it turns out that the whole ordeal might be Kanye West's fault. Gawker is reporting that the rapper and Kim Kardashian's baby daddy was supposed to be the subject of a profile in the issue, but that West backed out.
A reliable source tells us that Rolling Stone had a Kanye West profile planned for the August 1, 2013 cover. This would have only been the third print Yeezus-era Kanye interview, after Jon Caramanica's instantly classic New York Times Q&A and W Magazine's June feature. But for whatever reason, West apparently pulled out of the story. So the digitally illustrated Dzhokhar Tsarnaev profile photo was the magazine's back-up plan for the cover, tied to Janet Reitman's 11,000-word opus.
So, basically, the Rolling Stone folks threw Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover and started an unbelievable sh** storm of controversy all because Kanye West backed out of a profile at the 11th hour. Thanks for everything, Kanye. [Gawker]