Once upon a time, I had enough River Phoenix posters to wallpaper my entire bedroom. Fair play. He was a sensitive young actor. Yet today's teens are a less discriminate bunch. A disturbing trend on social media reveals that thousands of girls in the United States have been crushing on an unlikely candidate: 19-year-old Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev, better known as one half of the Boston Marathon bombers.
According to an article in the Digital Journal, girls have taken to Twitter and Facebook in droves, professing Tsarnaev's innocence.
It seems his many admirers are finding it hard to believe that Dzhokhar was responsible for the April 15 bombings, which resulted in numerous casualties.
Disturbingly, for some girls Dzhokhar is up there with Justin Bieber and One Direction's Harry Styles. One admirer planned have a quote by Dzhokhar—currently held at a Massachusetts federal prison—tattooed on her skin: "If you have the knowledge and the inspiration all that's left is to take action."
One delusional teen compared Dzhokhar to a brother, while another claimed she wanted to meet him because he "fascinated" her.
Dzhokhar faces charges of using a weapon of mass destruction.
How do you explain this unsettling phenomenon? Loving the bad boy? Saviour complex?