In the wake of the recent photo of Justin Bieber smoking weed leaking online, his fans have reacted in many different ways.
On Monday afternoon, #CutForBieber and #CuttingForBieber started trending on Twitter, circulating shocking images showing fans with slashed wrists, blades and blood all in an effort to get Bieber to stop smoking weed. The first photos of the trend were posted as a joke by people mocking the dedication of Justin Bieber’s fans.
The group of people behind the joke are members on a site called 4Chan. This site, a message board frequented by internet trolls, has mocked the young Bieber fans in the past. In October of 2012, the users started the #BaldForBieber trend on Twitter, a rumor that Justin had cancer and encouraged fans to shave their heads in support.
One anonymous user on the message board wrote, “Lets start a cut yourself for bieber campaign… Tweet a bunch of pics of people cutting themselves and claim we did it because bieber was smoking weed. See if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”
Cutting, especially with young teens, is not something to joke about. It’s a very real problem and the last thing you want to do is influence kids that this “idea” is cool. Even though this all started out as being a joke and people are still mocking it, a lot of the Tweets along with the people supporting it are disgustingly real.
Miley Cyrus was quick to share something to her Twitter followers saying, “##cutforbieber? Cutting is NOT something to joke about. There are people who are actually suffering from self-harm, this is so disrespectful.”
I’m sure Demi Lovato is crushed by this. Demi went to rehab for her cutting problem, and I know she will not take this lightly.
Justin Bieber or his representative have yet to comment on the situation.