Smokey Robinson

Smokey Robinson

*Rolling Stone (RS) Magazine has come under fire for featuring Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of next month’s edition.

Retailers like CVS, and Wal-Mart are threatening to boycott citing RS’s decision “rewards a terrorist with celebrity treatment.”

I’ve often wondered why some “celebrities” who seemingly come on the scene overnight make the cover of this prestigious, iconic publication, while others who have been on the scene for decades have not. I could name many, but let’s just take one – Smokey Robinson.

Robinson has been contributing positive, inspiring music to our culture and the world for five decades and is still going strong. We hear his music every day at any given time on this planet (hell it may have reached other planets by now) – whether it’s him singing his own songs, or others like The Temptations’ “My Girl” which he co-wrote. Next to Motown founder Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson is Motown, and Motown is the most influential record label of all time, hands down! So, why RS has not featured him on their cover while featuring others (some even multiple times) is beyond me. They’ve written some wonderful things about him as front man for The Miracles, and as a solo artist, but he deserves the cover.

For verification, I found the Wikipedia alpha list of celebrities featured on the RS cover over the years. Please click here.

So please…let’s hear it for Smokey! Please leave a comment if you would like to see SR featured on the cover of RS.

Larry Buford is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer. Author of “Things Are Gettin’ Outta Hand” (Amazon)[email protected]