Plourde said the Tsarnaev photo is disrespectful to those that were wounded, the families of the victims and first responders who became heroes that day
"It's so gut wrenching to see his face -- to see his image," she said.
"I sort of get emotional -- I can't fathom what he went through. I'm sorry, but his picture shows it all," Peter Plourde said about his son's viral image from the marathon bombing.
Cameras caught the iconic shot of James carrying a girl covered in blood and rushing her to safety. That picture went viral and has been published in numerous magazines since. Peter Plourde thought Rolling Stone could have chosen a picture of the victims, first responders or the scene instead.
"There are so many that stand out that they could have put instead," he said.
But Victor Asal, a national expert of terrorism, said the article itself titled "The Bomber" is about Tsarnaev's motives, so the picture ultimately had to be an image of him.
"I didn't see this as a horrible picture or a title that was glorifying him," he said. "Could they have picked a less nice pic of him? Yes."
The Plourdes said they want nothing to do with this issue of the magazine. Instead, they're flipping through the pages of another magazine where their son is prominently featured.