Excerpted from BOSTON MAGAZINE
The latest issue of Rolling Stone is drawing a lot of negative attention for featuring a cover of alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, with many claiming that the image used to highlight the magazine’s lead story glamorizes the alleged terrorist.
The August cover, the publication posted online this afternoon and features a selfie of Tsarnaev, is meant to supplement a ” riveting account” of the suspect’s life in Cambridge and Boston. But those who have seen it and are passing it around via social media are comparing it to past covers that have shed a positive light on iconic performers—think Jim Morrison of The Doors—proclaiming that the cover gives Tsarnaev a “rock star” appeal.
Tsarnaev, who stands accused of setting off bombs with his older brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, on April 15 on Boylston Street, pleaded not guilty to 30 charges brought against him by federal prosecutors at the Moakley U.S. District Court last week. It was his first public appearance since the day of his arrest.
In the hours since the cover was posted online, it has already received intense backlash, and the story to accompany it hasn’t yet been released. Even those who have shown support for the alleged domestic terrorist, and claimed that they feel the 19-year-old bombing suspect is innocent or has been framed, are taking shots at Rolling Stone. Keep Reading