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:

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

— joshhegarty (@Josh Hegarty)

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

— bambroza (@Brig A)

Big mistake, Rolling Stone.

— _mamadeb (@MamaDeb)

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

— BoyNamedTawanda (@A boy named Tawanda)

@RollingStone I seriously hate you.

— TsarnaevsVoice (@Not Guilty)

Fuck off, @RollingStone

— TheH2 (@The H2)

Absolutely vile, Rolling Stone.

— hawknut (@Hackett)

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)

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

— 2school4cool (@.)

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

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Jessica Testa is a national reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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