Over the weekend, photos of Justin Bieber surfaced that showed him smoking (or at the very least holding) a marijuana blunt cigarette. JB kinda sorta addressed the issue but, thus far, hasn’t really commented officially. In order to take advantage of the situation, a group of people on the notorious 4Chan messageboard decided to start a Twitter trending topic called #CutForBieber and #CuttingForBieber to convince Bieber fans to self-harm themselves in a vain attempt to get The Biebs to stop smoking weed. Many people recognize the trending topic as a sick joke but some impressionable and young Bieber fans have taken the trending topic at face value and have started posting Twitter photos of self-inflicted cuts on their arms. Ugh.
The origins are fake, but the Tweet trending—and the people supporting it—are disturbingly real. The link to the 4Chan board discussing spreading #Cutting4Bieber as a meme is—like most things on /B—very NSFW, but it’s [there] if you want to see the rest … For the record, this isn’t not the first time that the highest tiers of Internet Trolls have tried to mess with Bieber’s fan base. Late last year, an elaborate prank was mounted in order to convince the world that Bieber had cancer, thus getting his fans to shave their heads in support. After a little digging around, Complex can report the beginnings of this thing: Internet message board community 4Chan’s notoriously mischievous “/b” board, who created the meme and spent today spreading it around Twitter.
Man, this is beyond effed up. This should prove just how influential beloved popstars are to their very young fans. Altho Justin Bieber has nothing to do with this cutting thing, he has been dragged into the practice by mean-spirited jerks who take pleasure in the abuse of others. It’s sad but I can’t honestly say that I am surprised. Kids do dumb stuff all on their own … when prompted by others, in an attempt to fit in, they can be convinced to do even dumber stuff. While JB has nothing to do with any of this, it might be a good idea for him to speak out and tell his fans to stop hurting themselves like this. In fact, Miley Cyrus herself retweeted a plea to Bieber fans to stop cutting themselves:
#cutforbieber? Cutting is NOT something to joke about. There are people who are actually suffering from self-harm, this is so disrespectful.
There is some crazy happenings on the Internets, y’all. Sometimes I don’t even know what to say :/