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The Year’s Most Controversial Magazine Covers [NSFW]

Observation: Now that we’re all focused on the aggressive stupidity of say, the average Upworthy headline or the listicle about Syria presented entirely in Jurassic Park GIFs, the magazine cover is no longer such a great vehicle for shock delivery. That did not, however, keep some outlets from doing their level best to shock America out of (what they perceive to be) its bovine complacency. Here are 2013′s most memorable examples.

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Rolling Stone‘s Tsarnaev cover was easily the loudest of this year’s dust-ups. It was also, in many ways, the most stupid. Critics insisted the cover “glamorized” Dzokhar Tsarnaev, ignoring totally that in fact there was a critical perspective inherent in displaying him as a normal, even attractive-looking kid who did a monstrous thing.