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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Covers New Issue Of Rolling Stone

And a lot of people aren't happy about it. "Boston bomber as rock star."

Posted on July 16, 2013, at 8:02 p.m. ET

The magazine's latest cover story details the "life and times of Boston bomber Jahar Tsarnaev," Rolling Stone said Tuesday:

[Contributing Editor Janet Reitman] spent the last two months interviewing dozens of sources – childhood and high school friends, teachers, neighbors and law enforcement agents, many of whom spoke for the first time about the case – to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster.

The story hasn't been posted online yet, but reaction to the cover image on social media has been swift and critical — from the #tcots and #freejahar crowd alike.

A sample:

New Rolling Stone cover turns the Boston bomber into Jim Morrison. A comparison:

Judd Legum

@JuddLegum

New Rolling Stone cover turns the Boston bomber into Jim Morrison.

A comparison:

Ridiculously irresponsible, tacky as FUCK, and 100% disrespectful to victims and their families. Shame on you @RollingStone.

Vanessa Veasley

@VanessaVeasley

Ridiculously irresponsible, tacky as FUCK, and 100% disrespectful to victims and their families. Shame on you @RollingStone.

If Jahar's lawyers don't go after Rolling Stone, their doing something wrong. I say we all group together and let them know they messed up.

Crystal Jenkins

@CrysJenk

If Jahar's lawyers don't go after Rolling Stone, their doing something wrong. I say we all group together and let them know they messed up.

Hey, Rolling Stone, maybe don't put domestic terrorists on the cover! The fuck!

Josh Hegarty

@joshhegarty

Hey, Rolling Stone, maybe don't put domestic terrorists on the cover! The fuck!

Thanks for making sure I'll never read you, Rolling Stone. Not that I ever did.

Brig A

@bambroza

Thanks for making sure I'll never read you, Rolling Stone. Not that I ever did.

MamaDeb

@_mamadeb

Big mistake, Rolling Stone.

They really put the bomber on the cover of rolling stone like he's a rockstar

A boy named Tawanda

@BoyNamedTawanda

They really put the bomber on the cover of rolling stone like he's a rockstar

Not Guilty

@TsarnaevsVoice

@RollingStone I seriously hate you.

The H2

@TheH2

Fuck off, @RollingStone

Absolutely vile, Rolling Stone.

Hackett

@hawknut

Absolutely vile, Rolling Stone.

Anyone at @RollingStone who had input on the cover of their next issue should be ashamed of themselves. And then fired. Immediately.

Kyle Meadows

@Kyle_Meadows

Anyone at @RollingStone who had input on the cover of their next issue should be ashamed of themselves. And then fired. Immediately.

gee I can't wait for them to put anders breivik on the cover of rolling stone

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@2school4cool

gee I can't wait for them to put anders breivik on the cover of rolling stone

As of 8 p.m. Eastern on Tuesday, there were roughly 1,200 more similar comments.

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