|Pic courtesy Rolling Stone magazine|
The controversy is not over the fact that they chose to run a pic of him on the cover, but one where he looks so *normal*.
He is viewed by most of society as a monster and people want him to look like one.
Not as one talking head on MSNBC observed on Thursday, someone who looks like they should be "dating Taylor Swift".
From the Boston Globe, written Jesse Singal -
But we don’t want Tsarnaev to be normal. We want him to either be a pawn of abject evil, or to embody abject evil himself. If he were a psychopath, or if he had been seduced by a sprawling international conspiracy, we’d be able to guide ourselves through the bombing’s painful aftermath with a neat, clean story line: us versus them, good versus evil. When a State Police sergeant released photos of Tsarnaev’s apprehension to Boston Magazine on Thursday, it helped sate this need. The images of a bloody Tsarnaev leaving the boat in Watertown offer a rebuttal, an easy way to resolve our cognitive dissonance: No, he isn’t an otherwise normal kid who did a horrible thing. He’s evil!
Don't have much insight to add to the discussion on this issue, other than to say that I'm OK with the cover, both in a "free speech" way and in a "we need to talk about this" way.
I do believe that we need to talk about this, and I think that the RS cover has sparked some discussion of how the evil in the world can often resemble the good in the world.
And that is what I call journalism.