Horrifying: Girl purportedly cuts herself, threatens suicide over Justin Bieber smoking pot; Update: It’s a hoax

Over the weekend, On Friday, gossip site TMZ released photos of Justin Bieber purportedly smoking a joint. The thought of their idol smoking marijuana was apparently more than some Bieber fans could handle, and today, a young woman an Internet troll tweeted that she would kill herself if the story was true.

(Warning: Graphic images)

https://twitter.com/dutchminati/status/288354911807209473

It seems there are others making similar threats:

https://twitter.com/beckaaldersonx/status/288377224514658306

The #cutforbieber hashtag is now trending nationwide:

#cutforbieber

Some Twitterers are taking the opportunity to mock those threatening to hurt themselves:

https://twitter.com/mattie_kaminski/status/288373521959239681

https://twitter.com/halflumorjar/status/288366568461697024

https://twitter.com/WhySoMainstream/status/288358508099944449

https://twitter.com/_katiebooth/status/288376419355086849

https://twitter.com/TheHishem/status/288390367416561664

But most are disgusted and horrified:

https://twitter.com/courtneygbain/status/288370841840930818

https://twitter.com/widdleB/status/288380224498958337

https://twitter.com/gabrielmalor/status/288384843774038016

https://twitter.com/emilysivinsssss/status/288364203780214784

https://twitter.com/eriica_deez/status/288390740684468225

https://twitter.com/KirbyLeighHurst/status/288358944039133184

https://twitter.com/anemoph0bia/status/288357145299263488

https://twitter.com/JessMPrecious/status/288385177951039488

It’s unclear as to whether this is part of a hoax, but regardless, it’s absolutely sick. We pray that no one comes to any harm.

(Editor’s note: The word “purportedly” was added to the title to reflect questions about the photo’s origin and the first paragraph was amended to indicate that this was the work of a troll.)

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Update:

It appears that the tweet that set the cutting campaign in motion was sent out by a troll.

https://twitter.com/unswagy/status/288357750650568704

The user’s Twitter bio includes a link to the nasty Gay Nigger Association of America anti-blogging group. Moreover, the image in the initial tweet has been used before.

https://twitter.com/actuallyiscolin/status/288387038640750592

4chan is evidently responsible for launching the sick #cutforbieber hashtag:

https://twitter.com/N_ecrophagist/status/288371272226848768

https://twitter.com/OhheyitsJOHN/status/288405754338217985

https://twitter.com/barnonahill/status/288394709263601664

How thoroughly disgusting that someone would resort to faux self-harm threats for kicks and attention.

https://twitter.com/jan0ski4nscrew/status/288370557261582336

We sincerely hope that vulnerable young people who took this seriously did not actually hurt themselves.

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Update:

#Cut4Bieber hoax escalates, with trolls spreading memorials for ‘victims’

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Update:

Where’s Justin? Bieber fans await his comments on #cutforbieber hoax

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