The Bomber Makes The Cover.
The Boston bomber, Dzhohkhar Tsarnaev, has made the cover of The Rolling Stone’s August edition.
The magazine cover pictures a scruffy, shaggy haired Tsarnaev labeled simply “The Bomber.” The caption reads, “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster,” in the sepia-toned shading cover.
Ten of thousands of people and at least four retail chains have chose to boycott the magazine, calling it sicken and glorifying the accused killer and terrorist.
With these reactions, Rolling Stone’s editor released a statement explaining the reason why the 19-year-old bomber was put on the cover. “The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day,” the magazine said. “The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.”
Americans have took to Twitter, stating their feelings toward the magazine, with the hash tag #BoycottRollingStone. Many have threatened to even unsubscribe from the magazine as a whole.
Did Rolling Stone make the right decision with this controversial cover? The magazine hits stands this Friday.