We first must remember it was a cover that wasn’t shot by Rolling Stone. It was an existing photo from a friend, family member, or grabbed from the internet. People think Rolling Stone is glorifying him and people are insulted that he is on the cover with his tousled hair and pretty looks. The cover blatantly states “THE BOMBER” and also selling the article and it’s apparent written point of view as “How a popular, promising student was failed by his family, fell into radical Islam and became a monster”.
I think it’s a fantastic photo because we know the outcome. We know the horror. This photo shows what he was. Someone who was liked. Someone who had a future. A good looking kid who had a whole world of possibilities. It slaps us in the face with what he was and I haven’t read the story yet, but I’m sure it unfolds into the spiraling mess that was the Boston Bombings and how he got there.
Unfortunately there are so many great kids out there with the world at there feet and some are going to be swayed and influenced and possibly guided down a path no one saw coming. This photo represents so many youths that are out there and his story can be examined to see where he started to stray from his path.
I think this is a dramatic cover. An emotional cover. A scary cover. There’s this young guy at a point in his life maybe unaware of the monster inside. I think it speaks volumes compared to a mugshot or a photo of him being dragged from that backyard in Boston. It’s not glorifying him. It’s making all of us aware.