Rolling Stone is glamorizing a man who used a bomb to kill a little kid.
The August issue of the music magazine features a photo of Boston Marathon bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.
The magazine did a feature story on Tsarnaev with a headline of “The Bomber.”
According to Rolling Stone, the story, written by contributing editor Janet Reitman, delivers “a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.”
Rolling Stone put out the cover on its Facebook page and it has already received thousands of negative comments.
Rolling Stone is glamorizing a man who used a bomb to kill a little kid. On RS’ cover, he looks like he could be a member of Imagine Dragons.
What else needs to be said, really? A Rolling Stone cover is a big prize in the cultural sweepstakes. RS uses its covers to advance its worldview, promote movie stars and rock stars, and sell issues. Typically, RS covers depict famous men as powerful and virile. It depicts famous women naked or near enough.
When that magazine talks about conservatives and Republicans, it’s only to denounce them.
But the surviving Boston terrorist needs to be “understood” as a “charming kid with a bright future” who “became a monster.”
Update: Retailers are telling Rolling Stone they can keep their terrorist cover.