By Tami Jackson
Usually the cover of Rolling Stone magazine is reserved for famous musicians and others in the entertainment inner sanctum. But the current issue breaks new ground: Boston bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is the cover feature.
Yes, a terrorist whose handiwork maimed and killed Americans is on the cover of Rolling Stone.
As Rolling Stone’s Janet Reitman writes:
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families. 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.
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.
How a tragedy like this happens? The implication seems to be that Dzhokhar was a really sweet kid who made a slight mistake, and most likely it’s someone else’s fault!
People in Cambridge thought of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – “Jahar” to his friends – as a beautiful, tousle-haired boy with a gentle demeanor, soulful brown eyes and the kind of shy, laid-back manner that “made him that dude you could always just vibe with,” one friend says.
He had been a captain of the Cambridge Rindge and Latin wrestling team for two years and a promising student. He was also “just a normal American kid,” as his friends described him, who liked soccer, hip-hop, girls; obsessed over The Walking Dead and Game of Thrones; and smoked a copious amount of weed.
A beautiful, tousle-haired boy who smoked a copious amount of weed. Hmmm.
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