Rolling Stone decided to make a profile of Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev the cover story of their next issue, but their choice of cover photo has more than few people baffled and upset. (update: It's also prompted a growing number of retail chains to boycott the entire issue) The layout, which is being described as "shocking" and "offensive," resembles any number of rock star images that have graced the magazine over the years... and that's exactly the problem. Many people feel that the photo the editors chose makes Tsarnaev look like a smoldering teen heartthrob and not the accused murderer and terrorist that he is.
A few people have pointed out that the magazine has featured plenty of villains and criminals on its covers in the past, including Charles Manson in 1970. And the magazine (like other publications) only has a few photos of the man to choose from, which is why we've actually seen this image in several other places before, including The New York Times (and this website.) But the combination of Tsarnaev's casual, glamorous appearance with the famously "cool" magazine's attitude just isn't sitting well with most people.
At least Rolling Stone went w/ "THE BOMBER" over their first choice: "Boston's Bad Boy: Sexy, Vulnerable, Dangerous." http://t.co/4bqAtrpANg— Adam Graham (@grahamorama) July 16, 2013
Wonder how many people see the Boston bomber on the cover of “Rolling Stone” and think it’s a member of a boy band or star of a CW show?— Alan Spencer (@MrAlanSpencer) July 17, 2013
At Rolling Stone: "Let's use Zimmerman next!" "Does Dylan have a new album dropping?" "Not Bob, George!" <eye gouge> <wrench to nose>— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) July 17, 2013
Last wk I wrote about Tiger Beat Terrorist Syndrome. This wk, Rolling Stone editor joins the Ja-harem. http://t.co/wlcJSdI4us— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 16, 2013
At least Rolling Stone didn't go with this Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover concept… pic.twitter.com/BvGTktYn6S— Dave Gilson (@daudig) July 17, 2013