The shaggy-haired figure gracing the cover of the new Rolling Stone magazine is no rock star, but rather accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The cover has caused huge outrage as the accused killer appears almost angelic with a warming gaze into the camera’s lens.
The photo pulled from Tsarnaev’s Twitter account has raised eyebrows about the taste level and ethics of the popular publication. Rolling Stone, regardless of intention, managed to grasp the attention of the nation; raising the suspicion that the whole point was to cause a strong reaction to generate press and sales.
We sat down with reporter Christopher Zara, who wrote about the issue, to discuss the cover, people’s reactions and where Rolling Stone goes from here amidst the uproar.