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:
— Michael Rusch (@weeddude) July 17, 2013
Of course, it’s not as though Rolling Stone commissioned the photo. The same one has appeared on the front page of The New York Times.