Bomber As Rock Star

Abby Zimet

Rolling Stone is taking heat for putting tousled-hair alleged Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its August cover with this week's tease on "Jahar's World: A  riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster" - albeit, the cover implicitly notes, a cute one. Is Rolling Stone pimping out terror, or just giving the masses what they want? If that's the same thing, do they have any responsibility not to cave to it in the name of viewer pages? Is George Zimmerman next? Social media is calling for a boycott. Meanwhile, others explore a celebrity-hungry culture that's given us the twisted phenomenon of the "Killer Crush."

"Well we're big rock singers
We got golden fingers
And we're loved everywhere we go
We sing about beauty and we sing about truth
At ten thousand dollars a show
We take all kinda pills
That give us all kinda thrills
But the thrill we've never known
Is the thrill that'll getcha
When you get your picture
On the cover of the Rollin' Stone
Wanna see my picture on the cover
Wanna buy five copies for my mother
Wanna see my smilin' face
On the cover the cover of the Rollin' Stone"

Update: Several New England stores are refusing to sell the magazine. Tedeschi Food Shops argues they "cannot support actions that serve to glorify the evil actions of anyone."



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