Rolling Stone slammed for ‘glamourizing’ Boston bombing suspect with controversial cover photo
Rolling Stone is facing harsh criticism and threats of boycotts for “glamourizing” Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev after the magazine put him on the cover on their August issue.
While the cover article was not available when the backlash began Tuesday night, the magazine posted the story Wednesday afternoon with a note to readers.
“Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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,” read the foreword.
The ever-reactionary Twittersphere responded furiously after the long-tenured magazine unveiled its August 1 cover Tuesday night in an online post. The cover picture shows Tsarnaev in warm lighting, his dishevelled hair not much different from the dozens of teen idols who have previously graced the cover, in particular a cover with The Doors’ singer Jim Morrison.