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**Update-Letter from Boston Mayor**Boston Bomber Gets Rock Star Status on Cover of Rolling Stone!

Posted by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM
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UNBELIEVABLE!!!!  How irresponsible!!

Rolling Stone puts Boston bombing suspect on cover, ignites firestorm

By Julie Cannold, CNN
updated 9:02 AM EDT, Wed July 17, 2013

  • The image is one Tsarnaev himself posted online
  • It's been published widely before
  • Some say they are canceling subscription
  • Comment: "What a slap in the face"

New York (CNN) -- Rolling Stone magazine's decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber, on the cover of its latest issue has ignited a firestorm of outrage online.

The cover picture is one that Tsarnaev himself posted online and has been published widely by other media outlets in the past.

But many took exception to its prominent play in Rolling Stone, where the space is more often than not reserved for rock stars and celebrities.

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"Oh look, Rolling Stone magazine is glamourizing terrorism. Awesome," Adrienne Graham commented on the magazine's Facebook page. "I will NOT be buying this issue, or any future issues,"

Others echoed similar sentiments.

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Words such as "tasteless," "sickening" and "disgusting" flew around social media.

The photo shows a scraggy-haired, goatee-d Tsarnaev staring straight at the camera.

The text read: "The Bomber. How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster."

The magazine says the article itself is a deeply-researched account of the suspect.

Among the revelations:

-- A public plea from his former wrestling coach may have ultimately convinced Tsarnaev to surrender when police surrounded the boat in which he was hiding.

-- He played down the fact that he was a Muslim in high school. But he also took his religion seriously.

-- He once let slip to a friend that the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks could be justified because of U.S. policies toward Muslim countries.

The issue hits newsstands on August 3.

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But the magazine's Facebook post of the cover image has received more than 4,700 comments by early Wednesday morning.

"What a slap in the face to the great city of Boston and the Marathon Bombing victims," commented Lindsey Williamson.

The cover also brought out comments from the "Free Jahar" movement. (Dzohkhar is also spelled Jahar.)

"#BoycottRollingStone calling Djahar a monster and stirring the pot even more shame on you! Innocent until PROVEN guilty," tweeted @Jahars_Tsarnaev.

CNN has reached out to Rolling Stone for comment, but has not received a response.

Authorities accuse brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev of setting off a pair of bombs just seconds apart near the finish line of the packed Boston Marathon course on Boylston Street on April 15.

Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured.

Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed four days later in a shootout with police.

Younger brother Dzhokhar was captured and charged with 30 federal counts stemming from the attack.

Last week, he pleaded not guilty to the charges.


Letter to Rolling Stone from Boston Mayor Thomas Menino in response to the Rolling Stone cover story.

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by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:35 AM

 I can see why people would think it's tacky.

by Silver Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:37 AM
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 Tacky? That is hands-down disgusting.

I'm honestly shocked that Rolling Stone would do this.

Who will be on next month's cover? Adam Lanza?

by Roma on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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The way to get Rolling Stone not to put terrorist killers on their cover is to refuse to buy the magazine based on the cover.

If it sells well, they will do it again.

by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:40 AM
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I almost don't care what their article is about.  I'm so offended by them putting him on the cover, I won't be buying it.

Rolling Stone is synonymous with musicians on the cover - there are SO MANY who deserve that status and thousands more 'hidden gem' musicians out there who dream of that cover.

Why give it to someone accused of terrorism?  Why not the victims, if they want to report the story?  

Extremely poor taste.  I hope they didn't do it to boost the sales of their magazine...

by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Yeah...this really isn't cool at all...but I support the Right to Freedom of Roma said...don't buy it and maybe they won't do it again.

by Silver Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:50 AM
It's a slap in the face to my fellow Bostonians.
by on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:51 AM

didn't they post all the suspects in 9/11 on the cover of time magazine after it happened? (i feel like they did...but i can't remember for sure)

either way...i'm actually interested in reading the article

they covered this story non stop here in Boston when it happened and now we don't hear much about it anymore.  i've always been interested in how this normal kid became a terrorist

by Bronze Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 9:52 AM


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by Platinum Member on Jul. 17, 2013 at 10:02 AM
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Rolling Stone stopped putting only rock stars on the cover years ago. Not saying this right, just that its notjust reserved for rock stars uunfortunately anymore.
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