By now you’ve undoubtedly seen the latest issue of Rolling Stone Magazine with Boston Bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover. (I’ve decided to deface the cover, so I’m not promoting it in any way.)
After a huge public outrage, Rolling Stone Magazine has made a statement (read: backpedal) regarding the cover:
“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. 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.
Now listen. I have no problem with the article itself. None. My problem is the cover, wherein this terrorist is shown to look like a teen idol. The 4th Jonas Brother, if you will. The image of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev actually reminds me of the cover of the late Jim Morrison.
Again, I don’t want to shy away from reading an intelligently written article which profiles the man whom, along with his brother, plotted and carried out an act of terror upon the City of Boston…and the rest of the United States of America. I just don’t want to see his “selfie”, which shows “dreamboat, bedroom eyes and full, pouty lips” as if he were the Next Big Thing.