The magazine posted the cover of the August 1 issue on Facebook, drawing hundreds of outraged comments.
“Been a subscriber since 1982,” Tim Snell wrote. “Cancelling tonight. I am beyond words.”
“It’s wrong to make celebrities out of these people,” Shawn Anthony wrote. “Why give the guy the cover of Rolling Stone?”
“Way to make a celebrity out of this piece of shit,” Paul Witter wrote. “You guys should be ashamed. You just told every terrorist in the world, go ahead, do your thing and we’ll make a celebrity out of you. Hope all your advertisers pull out.”
“This is appalling, reckless journalism created for shock and profit,” Bill Lowell wrote.
“Why glorify a killer and terrorist? The magazine’s irresponsible thoughtless actions will only promote the next sad individual to act out his horrific deeds.”
Lowell continued: “You should have focused on the brave survivors and all the wonderful deeds of those in the music and entertainment industry. Rolling Stone has reached its journalistic low point.”
“Being from Boston, I take this personally offensive that this s—--bag is even a thought, never mind given the cover,” Jenna DeMato Hebert wrote. “I am ending my subscription,” David Beck wrote.
“This is bull. Let’s honour those who hurt innocent people. Who’s next, George Zimmerman? Rolling Stone is a music magazine, not the Taliban Times.”
A Rolling Stone spokesperson did not immediately return a message seeking further comment.