I fully support Rolling Stone's decision to remove Drake from the cover of their magazine and replace him with Philip Seymour Hoffman. Philip Seymour Hoffman was a talented actor who was beloved by many people. His sudden and unexpected death dealt an emotional blow to many who had followed him over the years. The manner of his death made it doubly sad because it was so needless. Rolling Stone made a choice to honor a good person and say goodbye respectfully.
There is this little clause in the US constitution that we have come to recognize as the freedom of the press. Although it is illegal to print certain things, such as libel or public pornography, anyone with a medium to convey a message may do so without fear of government or society based censorship. Consider the Westboro Baptist Church. With that said, Rolling Stone may put anyone on their cover that they want, and may also stop print on any of their presses as they see fit. It is not up to the readers what is printed. That decision is left up to the editors. No reason needs to be given.
I have read what Drake said about being taken off the Rolling Stone cover. It made him sound petty and shallow. Phillip Seymour Hoffman's work has a far greater impact than any music Drake could ever put out. Also, sadly, his death can bring to light the issue of not just heroin addiction, but addiction all together. If it can kill someone like him, it can kill anyone. His talent should be honored, and I hope his death was not in vain and others can be saved by getting help for their addiction.
A great actor died before his time due to drug overdose, and Philip Seymour Hoffman was not just an actor - he was a world renown and much beloved actor. Drake is doing great, and he has plenty of time to be on many Rolling Stone covers, he will have his time.
Yes, it was fair for Rolling Stone Magazine was correct to take Drake off the cover and replace him with Philip Seymour Hoffman, because Philip Seymour Hoffman was the most recent news of the last month. Rolling Stone needs to stay current in order to sell magazines. If someone else makes more news, they are right to be editors and make adjustments.