The hashtag #cut4justin is just unbelievably scary (self-harm warning)—
Brandon Kiser (@Kiser) January 07, 2013
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)
It seems there are others making similar threats:
The #cutforbieber hashtag is now trending nationwide:
Some Twitterers are taking the opportunity to mock those threatening to hurt themselves:
But most are disgusted and horrified:
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.)
It appears that the tweet that set the cutting campaign in motion was sent out by a troll.
4chan is evidently responsible for launching the sick #cutforbieber hashtag:
This cut for bieber trend was started by 40 year old neckbeard basement-dwelling lurkers from 4chan who took some photos from tumblr—
Jack Thomson ( ͡° ͜ʖ (@N_ecrophagist) January 07, 2013
Okay so i thought this cut for bieber thing was something started by some crazy fans
But no wait, it all started on 4chan, jesus—
John Thom (@OhheyitsJOHN) January 07, 2013
Apparently the cut for bieber thing was started by 4chan. I seriously hope nobody really cut themselves over this—
Paul Barnhill (@barnonahill) January 07, 2013
How thoroughly disgusting that someone would resort to faux self-harm threats for kicks and attention.
We sincerely hope that vulnerable young people who took this seriously did not actually hurt themselves.