‘The Bomber’: Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev makes cover of Rolling Stone

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Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has made the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Boldly labeled “The Bomber,” the teenaged Boston Marathon bombing suspect’s portrait is splashed across the upcoming August issue’s cover — usually reserved for rock stars and celebrities.

“How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster,” the cover’s caption reads while showing him shaggy haired and unshaven in sepia-toned shading.

Tens of thousands of people and at least four retail chains have since vowed to boycott the magazine since it unveiled the controversial cover with many calling its decision “shameful,” “sickening” and “glorifying” of an accused killer and terrorist.

Feeling the backlash, Rolling Stone editors released a statement Wednesday recognizing the victims of the Boston bombing while attempting to explain why they put the 19-year-old on its cover.

“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 magazine said. “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 didn’t directly address why they selected the picture of Tsarnaev.

More than 11,000 people have additionally stormed the magazine’s direct Facebook page with angry comments and hundreds of others have slammed a related article on the magazine’s website — some vowing to cancel their subscriptions.

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