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Rolling Stone front cover of Boston bomber triggers online backlash

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Rolling Stone magazine has come under fire from internet users for featuring Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its front cover.

Twitter and Facebook users complained that the cover was “disgraceful” and “disgusting,” with some saying it depicts him as a “rock star.”

The cover uses a self-portrait that Tsarnaev had posted online.

“Very un-American… I thought it was supposed to be an honor to be on your cover?” wrote Facebook user Kissy Blakey.

Under the Twitter hashtag #boycottrollingstone, users said the magazine had stooped “to an all new level of low.”

Twitter user Tim Krochuk wrote: “Way to simultaneously destroy a brand, and insult every celebrity previously on the cover.”

Tsarnaev “killed innocent people and you reward him with the cover. Guess Bin Laden pictures were too expensive,” wrote Christian Marone, another Twitter user.

The article on 19-year-old Tsarnaev is headlined: “The Bomber: How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster.”

Journalist Janet Reitman, who interviewed Tsarnaev’s friends and family, claimed in the article that his mother “believed that religion would be the cure for her son’s inner demons and growing mental instability, and pushed him deeper into Islam,” the Daily Telegraph reported.

Rolling Stone is well-known for featuring celebrities on its front cover, and over the last few years the magazine has frequently featured political stories.

Tsarnaev, who faces 30 counts of using a weapon of mass destruction in the two blasts on April 15 that killed three people, is currently detained in a federal prison in Massachusetts.