Off Note? Suspected Boston Marathon bomber gets rock-star treatment on Rolling Stone cover

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(PIX11) — Dhzokhar Tsarnaev is getting the rock-star treatment from Rolling Stone magazine with a cover story that has generated outrage.

The monthly publication said the August issue’s cover story will explore the life of the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombings, which killed three people on April 15.

Janet Reitman, contributing editor at Rolling Stone and the author of the piece, spent the last two months interviewing people who knew Tsarnaev in order “to deliver a riveting and heartbreaking account of how a charming kid with a bright future became a monster,” according to Rolling Stone.

While the choice is destined to create a buzz and abundant readership, a negative backlash has already met the decision to profile Tsarnaev.

Victims, friends of people affected by the tragedy, politicians and folk from around the country shared their disapproval of the cover on social media.

J.P. and Paul Norden brothers of Massachusetts, who each lost a leg during the Boston Marathon, vented in a Facebook post Wednesday morning, saying that Rolling Stone’s selection was “irresponsible” and “did more to tear open wounds and insult victims, survivors and families that have been slowly healing and accepting the horrendous acts of terrorism.”

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino called the cover, “a total disgrace,” and Governor of Massachusetts Teveal Patrick said, “it was out of taste.”  Others agreed on Twitter:

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However, 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.”

Others are reserving their comments on the polemic article until it comes out in August:

Meanwhile, Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges including using a weapon of mass destruction to kill.

Read the full statement released Wednesday afternoon by the Rolling Stone editors:

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. –THE EDITORS