Rolling Stone gets lambasted over Dzhokhar Tsarnaev cover

The magazine’s Aug. 3 issue isn’t available on newsstands, but critics are already saying the photo on the cover glamorizes the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings.

Appearing on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine tends to be a career milestone, at least for musicians. Dr. Hook released a song about that very phenomenon a full 40 years ago.

The longstanding association between the cover of Rolling Stone and pop icon status is probably what has many people angry, or at least uncomfortable, about the magazine’s newest issue, cover-dated Aug. 3 and not yet available for sale. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev peers out from the cover in a self-taken photo with a look not unlike that of Jim Morrison or Mick Jagger.

Buzzfeed editor Michael Rusch pointed out as much in a tweet comparing the new cover to some classic Rolling Stone issues:

…blast from the past from @RollingStone pic.twitter.com/t4korxnYCb

— Michael Rusch (@weeddude) July 17, 2013

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