POSTED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 8:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 8:04pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — People looking at the latest issue of their Rolling Stone magazines were left a little confused Wednesday.
"To be on the cover, all made up, he really looks like a rock star or a musician. I was like 'oh my god, who is that,'" shared Telisha Diaze.
The Boston Bomber graced the cover looking like a musician or actor, and for many it was a decision they could not get behind.
“I am just sick,” said Leo Verde, a runner who was participating in the marathon when the bomb exploded.
"It’s kind of disheartening that he's this celebrity figure. It was saddening to see it," said Diaze.
Other Baton Rouge runners say they were taken aback at first, but feel the article itself could have some interesting points.
"It was maybe highlighting what happened. I don't necessarily find it glamorous, but it was emphasizing what happened," added Mary Kathleen Welsh, another LSU runner.
Still others have said they respect the magazine for its bravery in publishing the article.
"I think we can't pretend like it didn't happen, of course it did. I think Rolling Stone is actually bringing up a really good issue, that we're not going to sweep this issue under the rug so easily," said runner and LSU student, Kyle Nugent.
Many say the decision to feature the Boston Bomber on its cover has ruined their respect for the popular music magazine.
"To have this level of evil, so to speak, and to see it be glamorized, so to speak, he doesn't deserve to be on the cover of any magazine in that aspect," added Diaze.
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.