Boston bombing suspect on cover of Rolling Stone

Boston bombing suspect on cover of Rolling Stone
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POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 10:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 1:28pm

The cover of Rolling Stone magazine is usually reserved for rock stars, actors and other celebrities, but the August 3 edition features someone who is infamous and there's already a social media backlash.

The issue will feature the surviving Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the bombings, which killed three people and injured more than 260 others.

The cover shows a photo he took of himself. The story promises to deliver an account of, "How a charming kid with a bright future became a monster."

Rolling Stone says contributing Editor Janet Reitman spent two months investigating the story, speaking to dozens of people who know him, but some people on Twitter and Facebook have a problem with him making the cover, calling it a glamorization of Tsarnaev.

Rolling Stone magazine defended its controversial cover story about Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, saying it "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." "The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens," the magazine said.

This isn't a first for Rolling Stone, the Huffington Post says the magazine featured a photo of serial killer Charles Manson on its June 1970 cover.

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