Rolling Stone magazine has stirred up a hornet’s nest with its choice for the cover of its latest edition. The Los Angeles Times reports that the magazine is taking heat after putting alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover.
Some observers are calling the cover photo a "rock ‘n’ roll glamour shot," the Times reports.
"Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appears on the cover of the magazine’s Aug. 1 issue next to a headline that reads, ‘The Bomber: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster,’" the story reports.
The Times piece adds: "In a post on its website Tuesday evening, Rolling Stone said writer Janet Reitman had spent two months interviewing ‘dozens of sources — childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case — to deliver’ her story, reportedly due to hit newsstands Friday."
The photo has been used before by other media outlets, including The New York Times, the piece notes. But critics say it inappropriately casts Tsarnaev in a flattering light, the L.A. Times piece reports.
The report cites one commenter writing on Rolling Stone’s website: "Rolling Stone is suppose[d] to be about music not giving glory to someone who injured and killed innocent people for no reason."
The piece also cites another commenter writing simply: "Cancel my subscription."
"On Facebook, a post describing Reitman’s article had attracted almost 12,000 comments by mid-morning Wednesday," the Times reports.
Comedian Albert Brooks reportedly tweeted: "Maybe I’m old fashioned but putting the Boston bomber on the cover of Rolling Stone is a terrible idea."
The report also quotes this tweet from country star John Rich: "You always think as an artist ‘If I ever get on the Rolling Stone I’ll know I’ve made it!’ That was until they started promoting terrorists."
Here’s the cover: