Rolling Stone Cover Featuring Accused Boston Bomber Sparks Outrage
Fury over Rolling Stone magazine’s cover featuring accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
Many are livid at what they see as rock star treatment for the alleged terrorist. Tsarnaev is accused of planting bombs at the Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 260 more.
Today show's Savannah Guthrie said, "It offends some people, they think it glamorizes him."
Carnie Wilson, a former Rolling Stone cover star as a member of Wilson Phillips, slammed the magazine on The Talk. She said, "The is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen."
The cover is being compared to the iconic Rolling Stone photos of singers Jim Morrison and Bob Dylan.
"Is this for real? It's sick," said one tweet.
"I hope not a single person from Boston or New England ever buys your magazine again," said another.
Many readers of the Boston Herald are seething, with comments like, "Go to hell, Rolling Stone,” "Rolling Stone has blood on its hands,” and "Rolling Stone is committing suicide."
On the Fox News channel, Boston Herald columnist Michael Graham had this comment, "When did Rolling Stone magazine turn into terrorist Teen Beat?"
Even rock stars are complaining. Tommy Lee tweeted, "Really, Rolling Stone?"
Grammy nominee’s One Republic said, "So now he's a rockstar?? I'm sure the victims love that. Pathetic."
The new controversy comes on the heels of outrage that many young girls are taking to social media to reveal they have a crush on Tsarnaev.
Rolling Stone told INSIDE EDITION: "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 falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone's long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage. 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."