Justin Bieber Fans Are Now Cutting Themselves For Him

#CutForBieber is a real thing, unfortunately

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 :/

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  1. when i read about this yesterday…i was just sick. i couldn’t believe it. disgusting.

  2. and the fact that there’s people who think this whole thing is funny..and tweeting the girl congratulating her on it…i have no hope for future generations.

  3. This is so awful. Yikes.

    I don’t think JB smoking whatever is necessarily bad in itself if he was a regular young guy…but when you target a certain demographic to make money off of them, I think you are signing yourself up for extra responsibility. Don’t market to 10 year olds if you want to be a rebel. I get really irritated with the whole “I’m not a role model” complaint thing coming from people who actively market themselves to pre-teens.

  4. Truth Hurts

    I think the Justin Bieber fans who cut themselves had an underlining problem before and this is an excuse to make it public or a cry for attention. But his fan aren’t the brightest people in the world. I mean for these people to do this and lets not forget all the racist insults they made against Esmeralda Spalding when she won the grammy over Justin.

  5. This pisses me off. I used to cut as a preteen and this is nothing to joke about. Now, I knew young people were impressionable, but seriously? When I was younger, I found out that my favorite singer at the time, Justin Timberlake, did pot. Was I disappointed? Sure. But I didn’t cut myself in protest, good Lord.

    Am I the only one that feels like Bieber or someone from his camp needs to say something? I could be completely off, but I feel like if these girls are willing to harm themselves over him, he’ll be one of the few they’ll listen to. I get that this isn’t his fault, but something needs to happen and quick.

    • Joanna

      I completely agree. Bieber or his people need to say something about this before someone actually DIES because of his pot use. He is one of the most influential celebrities out there today. Any move he makes can have serious consequences (be them good or bad) on his fans. I saw someone on TV say that if Bieber wants to remain an influential force in his fan’s lives he needs to make sure he is NEVER photographed or filmed with a joint ever again. As long as he can live up to the expectations people had of him before the pot pics came out, things will eventually smooth themselves out and this scandal will be long forgotten. However, if things with his fans continue to get worse then I don’t see how Bieber can get his good name back and his career will end just as quickly as it began.

    • Vicky

      I completely agree that someone in JB’s camp SHOULD speak out and he is a role model whether he wants to be or not so he needs to be very careful what he does or gets caught doing. HOWEVER, if someone dies from this – they are dying because they have a mental illness NOT because Bieber smoked pot.

    • “Am I the only one that feels like Bieber or someone from his camp needs to say something?”

      I find it pretty sad that Miley has even spoken out but Beiber’s camp says nothing. That is wrong, IMO.

  6. Ella

    Bieber himself needs to say something to address this situation. BUT as much as I can’t stand the little turd, this whole thing is NOT his fault. Seriously, what is wrong with kids today??

    There is something essential missing from kids lives today if they are willing to harm themselves for a celebrity or willing to take their own lives because of bullying. Parents are not doing enough. Society is not doing enough. I get Bieber and a lot of celebs are role models, but you can’t let them raise your children, be the ones to instill values in them or let them know what’s important in the world.
    This is partly why I’m becoming a teacher.

  7. Lauren xx

    Are me and @Ella the only ones wondering where the parents are in this situation? When I was young, my mom monitored what I was doing online, and she would know REAL quick if I did something this stupid and there would be some WORDS about it.

    We like to blame everyone else in the world because it’s easy, but a lot of these stupid shenanigans wouldn’t happen if parents decided to be parents. Celebrities do bad things, celebrities aren’t always role models and it’s been that way FOREVER. Celebrities also aren’t responsible for teaching children the difference between right and wrong, so why should the Biebs make a statement?

    • I think that parents do play a big role…but at the same time I can’t really fault a parent for thinking that Justin Bieber would be a tame pop star for their children to be fans of. A parent can certainly try very hard to influence their kids more than pop culture, but adolescence is a time when kids are focused on where they fit in society and among their peers. I have seen really great parents have really big difficulties despite their efforts.

      Biebs should make a statement because he has young fans who are being specifically targeted and encouraged to hurt themselves. That doesn’t mean he is to “blame”, it would just be the morally right thing to do. We can all agree that kids should be discouraged from hurting themselves, right? He isn’t “responsible” for this, but if he can help in some way, why not?

    • Ella

      @Krissy-
      You are right about adolescence. Though, it’s so much harder for parehelnts these days because of the internet playing such a large role in adolescence these days. Parents do need to monitor what their kids are looking at though. While kids will always find a way to look at these sites and listen to certain music parents should still have conversations about their kids about what they’re looking at and taking in.
      This is what I want to do in my classroom, is have these conversations and help them think about it in a different way.

      That’s why I love this blog. While we may not all agree, having the conversation is SO important, because even as adults we may not have thought about something from a different perspective.

      Also, I hope this makes sense. I’m kinda drunk. :-)

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