Rolling Stone magazine put a photo of Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover, the place famously reserved for... glamorous celebrities. The younger Tsarnaev is the subject of their cover story titled "THE BOMBER: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."
As you can imagine, the cover is all over the twittersphere this morning with tweets expressing the outrage and reproach. Tasteless. Outrageous. Unbelievable. Disgraceful. Revolting... and more... Some folks pointed out that Tsarnaev ain't Jim Morrison. Others argued that controversy is good for business, Rolling Stone wanted people to read the story and made their best to promote it with the provocative cover. Plus, the New York Times published the same exact photo on their front page after the Boston tragedy. So what's the big deal?
The nature and genesis of the photo, however, was also reprimanded; the glamour photo of Tsarnaev is from his twitter profile that was discovered in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings by BuzzFeed back in March.
Do we celebritize criminals too much?? Blow up people and you get on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine?! http://t.co/L4Nl8aMT1e— Blake (@X1071MorningX) July 17, 2013
UPDATE 1: Some companies announced that they will boycott the issue by not offering it to their customers
UPDATE 2: The best response, however, belongs to Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who wrote a letter to the editor of the Rolling Stone magazine, "The survivors of the Boston attacks deserve Rolling Stone cover stories, though I no longer think Rolling Stone deserves them."