Dreamboat Evildoers

May 28 2013 @ 8:03am

Daniel Luzer notes that Dzhokhar “Jahar” Tsarnaev is hardly the first terrorist with a pretty face:

[T]his is actually a common feature of the world’s political assassins. Tsarnaev’s John_Wilkes_Booth-portrait
attractiveness is not unusual. If you want to be a terrorist, it’s not just necessary to be an ideological zealot unconcerned with legality or normative morality; it also helps to be fairly good looking. This concept of attractive guys as the world’s killers is, in fact, so common that the 2001 Ben Stiller comedy Zoolander posited that male models were behind all of the political assassinations of the last two centuries.

That’s very funny. What’s perhaps a little less funny is that the pretty boy assassin observation is technically accurate. And because they’re so often young men—older guys with mortgages and children aren’t often political terrorists; they have too much to lose—from unfortunate backgrounds, they tend to develop strange followings of teenage girls more than any other group.

Previous Dish on Jahar’s fan club here.

(Portrait of John Wilkes Booth via Wikimedia Commons)