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#cut4bieber Becomes Top Twitter Trend

A disturbing hashtag allegedly reflects devastated fans' self-harm in reaction to Justin Bieber being caught smoking pot.

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By McCarton Ackerman

01/08/13

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A disturbing new hashtag became the top US trend on Twitter yesterday: #cut4bieber. It involved users posting photos of bleeding arms—purportedly the result of "cutting" by disappointed fans who are looking to pressure Justin Bieber into not smoking pot again. (He was recently photographed with what appeared to be a blunt in his hand.) Some of the Twitter images show ketchup squirted onto users' wrists, while others feature razors and other sharp objects alongside cuts that appear authentic. "#cut4bieber stop smoking weed Justin and ill stop cutting myself," reads one graphic tweet, alongside an image of a cut finger. The trend was quickly revealed to have started as a hoax from 4Chan, who pulled a similar prank in October. They convinced much of the Internet that Bieber had cancer and that mass head-shavings in support of him were taking place, using the hashtag #baldforbieber. But as in the last case, some fans seem to have taken it seriously. The trend hasn't been confined to Twitter: A website was recently created that encourages fans of Bieber to cut themselves and post photos of the results until he publicly vows to give up marijuana. Many are finding the joke—if it is that—in bad taste. Bieber's fellow pop star Miley Cyrus has taken to Twitter herself to bash it: "#cut4bieber? Cutting is NOT something to joke about. There are people who are actually suffering from self-harm, this is so disrespectful," she writes. In one much retweeted comment, Twitter user Ryan Higa notes: "#cut4bieber is exactly why so many people hate on jb. Its not jb himself, its the fans that act stupid like this.."

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