As Twitchy reported, a sick hoax started by Internet trolls eventually led to the hashtag #cut4bieber trending on Twitter today. Before the hashtag and the associated photos were revealed as a hoax, many reacted with shock and concern. Singer and former Disney Channel superstar Miley Cyrus retweeted a message urging people not to joke about the cutting phenomenon.
That tweet from @OfficialCANCER has since been retweeted more than 25,000 times, seemingly reflecting the views of a lot of people who were outraged by the hoax.
#cutforbieber is sick to me. cutting is a serious health problems and some people have to struggle with it. It's no joke, take it seriously.
— Destiny (@Des_Jasmyne) January 8, 2013
Basically by you 'cutting for Bieber' is you making a joke out of everyone who self harms . You're cruel and heartless if you participate .
— Christine (@christineeelb) January 8, 2013
Did I just see #cutforbeiber…. cutting is not something to joke about, ever. People have this struggle every single day. How dare you.
— Hailey (@thenameshails) January 8, 2013
Ok this cutting for bieber thing is disgusting. It is NOT something to be taken lightly. People really deal with this. Its not a joke. Stop.
— Emily Harder (@EmilyHarder) January 8, 2013
America, you're stupid. Cutting isn't funny, or something to joke about for attention.
— zakk (@zakkmh) January 7, 2013
I spent 6 months trying to get over cutting and it was the worst period of my life, now people are turning it into a joke.
— [a dead account] (@philmolester) January 7, 2013
Whoever started the #cutforbieber trend should probably realize that cutting is a real, serious issue for a lot of people. Y'all are sick.
— Amaris Franks (@aintnowifeeeyyy) January 8, 2013
Cut For Bieber, are you serious right now? I happen to have a serious issue with self harm, and so don't others, stop. #Cut4Bieber
— Cath (@Bllondee_) January 8, 2013
Is it funny? No. Do trolls care? No. Attention is what matters, so why not leapfrog off of the success of #Cut4Bieber by adding some “victims”? Here’s a screenshot from the 4Chan boards announcing the launch of #Justice4Jazzy. The associated photo of the late Mary “Jazzy” Richards, though, is the mug shot of 14-year-old Cassidy Goodson, who was charged with strangling her newborn. Hilarious, huh? Trolls would also like you to @RememberAddison.
Earlier today, in part with the #Cut4Bieber trend, Addison Smith died of blood loss. This Twitter is a haven to of which to remember her by.
— Remember Addison (@RememberAddison) January 8, 2013
— Megan (@GirlThingsxoxx) January 8, 2013
Sadly, despite the reality of self-harm, some just couldn’t help themselves from making a joke of the whole sick trend. Why? Because Justin Bieber is involved. It’s hard to believe that something as ugly as this hoax could be made uglier, but this is a tough crowd.
Cutting is not a joke, unless it's Beliebers that are doing it, then its pretty funny
— Dan (@GodHatesUsAll_) January 7, 2013
Justin Bieber should keep smoking, but because he's single handily is killing his fans off. continue the good work
— Mike Valle (@JETLife720) January 8, 2013
If i saw my daughter cut herself over Justin Bieber I would walk over to her, grab the blade and cut her head off.
— . (@LukeSinden) January 8, 2013
If I had a teenage daughter and she was cutting herself over bieber, I'd fucking cut her neck no joke . . .
— H☮E (@iAintYoMan) January 8, 2013
“No joke” is right.