The August cover of Rolling Stone Magazine has sparked controversy across the nation and among Hoosiers.
The issue features the surviving Boston Marathon bombing suspect. Dzokhar Tsarnaev looks more like a rock star than an accused terrorist after the magazine used a grainy personal picture of him for the cover.
The headline of the issue reads, “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”
Many national retail stores like Walgreens are refusing to sell the edition.
“I just kinda think it’s a slap in the face of the Boston people,” said Erik Salinas who is a local musician. “It’s just kinda disrespectful to me.”
Tsarnaev is accused of killing three people and injuring more than 260 others at the Boston Marathon. Authorities said he also killed a campus police officer at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Rolling Stone issued a statement which reads:
“The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day.”
Some Hoosiers stand by the magazine’s choice while others said the Rolling Stone doesn’t just write about music anymore and the image is just a way to get attention.
Salinas said even if the story is relevant, he isn’t sure why the suspect’s picture is on the cover.
“It was kind of a terrible thing and all of a sudden now Rolling Stone is like glorifying it?” said Salinas. “Let’s talk about this bomber and put him on an iconic magazine, you know, that has had many covers of many rock bands and many artists that are a lot more respectable than this guy.”