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:
— Becka ☮. (@beckaaldersonx) January 7, 2013
The #cutforbieber hashtag is now trending nationwide:
Some Twitterers are taking the opportunity to mock those threatening to hurt themselves:
— G (@mattie_kaminski) January 7, 2013
— haloumi dungarees (@halenamorgan) January 7, 2013
— February 31st (@YousafZafarr) January 7, 2013
— katie booth (@_katiebooth) January 7, 2013
— Hishem. (@TheHishem) January 7, 2013
But most are disgusted and horrified:
#cut4justin is absolutely sick, justin can do what he wants and if you were a real belieber you wouldn't cut yourself in order to bribe him
— Courtney Grace (@courtneygbain) January 7, 2013
WTF #cut4justin??? Would someone explain to me why & what idiotic girl started this?
— B (@widdleB) January 7, 2013
— Gabriel Malor (@gabrielmalor) January 7, 2013
Seein a pic on here of a girls bleeding arm and her saying #cut4justin disgusting that someone would even do that just to get noticed of him
— emily (@emilysivinsssss) January 7, 2013
FREAKIN DISGUSTING THAT GIRL WHO CUT HER FOR JUSTIN. THAT PIC IS FREAKIN REAL. IM GUNNA THROW UP #cut4justin
— erica (@eriica_deez) January 7, 2013
#cut4justin seriously?! Are people actually cutting themselves because justin bieber smokes weed? What is wrong with humanity!!!!!
— kirby-leigh (@KirbyLeighHurst) January 7, 2013
why are people posting photos of their cuts and trying to trend #cut4justin what the actual fuck
— Shadeh (@_shadeh) January 7, 2013
It ain't funny people trying to get attention of Justin about self-harming, some people have real problems… #cut4justin
— JessPrecious (@JessMPrecious) January 7, 2013
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
— – (@highdgaf) January 7, 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
— JayTee (@JayTee_Gaming) January 7, 2013
Apparently the cut for bieber thing was started by 4chan. I seriously hope nobody really cut themselves over this
— Paul Barnhill (@barnonahill) January 7, 2013
How thoroughly disgusting that someone would resort to faux self-harm threats for kicks and attention.
@dutchminati that pics from the internet, stop looking for attention, fucktard.
— ~ l0/5er ~ (@jan0ski4nscrew) January 7, 2013
We sincerely hope that vulnerable young people who took this seriously did not actually hurt themselves.