Love is a complicated thing. The most complicated thing, even. Montagues fall in love with Capulets. Americans fall in love with Australians. And no matter how morally depraved and heinous his crimes, there always seems to be some woman who will marry a convicted murderer. Take Leydi Figueroa Uceda, a Peruvian woman who has been engaged to Joran van der Sloot, the Dutch man who allegedly killed teenager Natalee Holloway in Aruba in 2005, since last year. Not only are these two engaged, but Uceda is now five months’ pregnant with their child. Keep reading »
It has been frustrating to watch people and businesses condemn Rolling Stone magazine — where, to be clear, I personally have no editorial affiliations — for putting the Boston bombing suspect, Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, on the cover of the latest issue. Many are upset that Tsarnaev is on the cover at all, as well as with the “rock star”-style photo the magazine used. And some who have read the article by journalist Janet Reitman complain that the way Jahar is profiled makes him out to be a “victim.”
I support Rolling Stone putting Tsarnaev on the cover and thought Reitman’s article was extremely well-written and thought-provoking. I came away from reading it with a greater understanding of how a 19-year-old Cambridge kid became a “monster.” To me, the patriarchy was clearly a problem in this family. To be clear, patriarchy doesn’t just mean when men are in positions of authority over women; it means when men, or one man, are in positions of authority over other men as well. It assumes that the people underneath that man will fall in line and not ask questions; it breeds a lack of agency and even, I would argue in Jahar’s case, weakness in a person. He was an immigrant from a maligned religion who slowly became radicalized by his severe older brother at the exact same time his troubled parents deserted him to move back to their homeland. I would not call him a “victim,” but I do believe it was a shitty, difficult situation for a teenager to handle, and those circumstances contributed to the vile crime he, allegedly, committed. Keep reading »
UPDATE: Rolling Stone has released the full article online, which you can read here.
Just a few days ago, my mom mentioned to me that she thought it was odd that we hadn’t read much in the media lately about Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, the accused Boston Marathon bomber. I agreed and made a mental note to do a little internet digging for the latest information. But I didn’t have to. Yesterday, Rolling Stone revealed the cover for their upcoming issue, featuring the now infamous photo of Tsarnaev sitting against a wall, looking like your average college student, alongside the headline, ”The Bomber: How a Popular, Promising Student Was Failed by His Family, Fell Into Radical Islam and Became a Monster.” The cover image and the story itself immediately inspired “outrage” from three different camps: 1) Crazy Jahar fangirls who think Tsarnaev is cute and therefore innocent, and believe the mag has already presumed his guilt; 2) those who think profiling Tsarnaev at all, and investigating what led to his actions, somehow justifies them; and 3) those who believe the music magazine is glorifying a terrorist as they would a rock star like, say, Jim Morrison, by putting him on the cover. I happen to think they’re all wrong. Keep reading »
As 19-year-old Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev awaits trial, a legion of Americans — often teenage girls — has been furiously filling the Internet with fan club sites and support groups.
Alisha, a blond, blue-eyed 18-year-old from Topeka, Kan., is one of these Tsarnaev’s “fans.” Using her Twitter handle @keepitbluntedd, Alisha has been questioning the government’s case against the younger Tsarnaev brother. In an interview with The New York Post, Alisha even said she was planning on getting a quote of the teen (“If you have the knowledge and the inspiration all that’s left is to take action”) tattooed on her upper arm.
“He was just this pothead 19-year-old boy who didn’t care,” she told The Post. “I don’t see it.” Read more on Huffington Post…
Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has regained consciousness and has been giving investigators written answers to questions, law enforcement sources tell ABC, though it’s unclear if he’s actually saying anything useful yet. Sources tell Fox News that he will not be formally charged today. The Boston bombing suspect is listed as in serious but stable condition at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, with neck and throat injuries that prevent him from talking. The shot that injured his throat was fired at close range, sources tell Newsday, and that, combined with the bullet’s apparent trajectory, leads investigators to believe that the 19-year-old shot himself in a failed suicide attempt after police discovered his hiding place. Read more on Newser…
Ruslan Tsarni, the uncle of Boston Marathon bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, gained nationwide attention for his heartbreakingly gruff and shout-y declaration to reporters that the brothers were “losers” who brought shame upon his family and the Chechen people. And now, Uncle Ruslan, as he’s affectionately known on the interwebs, is a meme. Well played. Check out a few more after the jump… [Quick Meme] Keep reading »