The cover of Rolling Stone has always been an honor, something that proved that you were either becoming a name in the music-industry, or have finally reached the top of pop-culture success. So you can image the fury that many readers endured when they saw the cover of the August issue went to none-other than the Boston Bombing suspect Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev.
Readers, non-readers, pundits and society in general are outraged over the publication’s decision to put the suspected terrorists on the cover of the popular magazine. The 19-year-old former Chechen is accused of assisting the Boston Marathon bombings on April 15th, and now joins the ranks of Britney Spears, Aerosmith, Justin Timberlake and so many others.
Rolling Stone debuted the August 1st issue on Tuesday, calling the Janet Reitman’s story, “”a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.” It didn’t take long for the internet to respond on Twitter and Facebook, when readers began flooding the Facebook page of Rolling Stone with angry messages, calling the cover “heartless,” “”terrible,” “irresponsible,” and worse.
The cover image is from Tsarnaev’s Twitter profile, it has also been seen on the cover of the New York Times. Though the cover of Rolling Stone means something different to a lot of people, and it is still causing backlash within Rolling Stone’s social-media sites. Rolling Stone has refused to comment on the issue as of this publication date.