Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Covers New Issue Of Rolling Stone

And a lot of people aren’t happy about it. “Boston bomber as rock star.”

The magazine’s latest cover story details the “life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev,” Rolling Stone said Tuesday:

[Contributing Editor Janet Reitman] spent the last 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 a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.

The story hasn’t been posted online yet, but reaction to the cover image on social media has been swift and critical — from the #tcots and #freejahar crowd alike.

A sample:


Judd Legum

@JuddLegum

New Rolling Stone cover turns the Boston bomber into Jim Morrison. A comparison:


Vanessa Veasley

@VanessaVeasley

Ridiculously irresponsible, tacky as FUCK, and 100% disrespectful to victims and their families. Shame on you @RollingStone.


Crystal Jenkins

@CrysJenk

If Jahar’s lawyers don’t go after Rolling Stone, their doing something wrong. I say we all group together and let them know they messed up.

Hey, Rolling Stone, maybe don't put domestic terrorists on the cover! The fuck!

— joshhegarty (@Josh Hegarty)

Josh Hegarty

@joshhegarty

Hey, Rolling Stone, maybe don’t put domestic terrorists on the cover! The fuck!

Thanks for making sure I'll never read you, Rolling Stone. Not that I ever did.

— bambroza (@Brig A)

Brig A

@bambroza

Thanks for making sure I’ll never read you, Rolling Stone. Not that I ever did.

Big mistake, Rolling Stone.

— _mamadeb (@MamaDeb)

MamaDeb

@_mamadeb

Big mistake, Rolling Stone.

They really put the bomber on the cover of rolling stone like he's a rockstar

— BoyNamedTawanda (@A boy named Tawanda)

A boy named Tawanda

@BoyNamedTawanda

They really put the bomber on the cover of rolling stone like he’s a rockstar

@RollingStone I seriously hate you.

— TsarnaevsVoice (@Not Guilty)

Not Guilty

@TsarnaevsVoice

@RollingStone I seriously hate you.

Fuck off, @RollingStone

— TheH2 (@The H2)

The H2

@TheH2

Fuck off, @RollingStone

Absolutely vile, Rolling Stone.

— hawknut (@Hackett)

Hackett

@hawknut

Absolutely vile, Rolling Stone.

Anyone at @RollingStone who had input on the cover of their next issue should be ashamed of themselves. And then fired. Immediately.

— Kyle_Meadows (@Kyle Meadows)

Kyle Meadows

@Kyle_Meadows

Anyone at @RollingStone who had input on the cover of their next issue should be ashamed of themselves. And then fired. Immediately.

gee I can't wait for them to put anders breivik on the cover of rolling stone

— 2school4cool (@.)

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@2school4cool

gee I can’t wait for them to put anders breivik on the cover of rolling stone

As of 8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, there were roughly 1,200 more similar comments.

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