While Justin Bieber has taken the controversy surrounding his alleged weed smoking photos in stride this week, Gawker.com reported this Monday, Jan. 7, that a dangerous campaign on Twitter was asking Justin Bieber fans to start “cutting” themselves in order to stop the Biebs’ pot smoking. Called “Operation: Cut for Bieber,” the fake Twitter campaign nonetheless was quickly trending across the U.S. by this Monday afternoon.
Although a similar fake Justin Bieber Twitter movement was made in late 2012 asking fans to cut their hair because the Biebs was falsely reported to have cancer, new “trolls” on the internet are now asking fans via a tweeted hashtag to hurt themselves in order to “help” Justin Bieber’s alleged “drug habit.”
“You [Justin Bieber] stop using drugs and then we’ll stop cutting. You make this world meaningless and now we’ve lost hope,” said one of the dummy Twitter accounts.
It was only a few hours before the hashtags #Cutting for Bieber and #Cut for Bieber were actually trending on Twitter, along with alleged photos of teens that had actually cut themselves over Bieber’s purported photos smoking weed. It is not yet known whether any (or all) of these photos are (hopefully not) real, or simply fabricated by the original fake accounts.
Perhaps the most alarming fact of all is that the obviously fake hashtags about “cutting” for Justin Bieber even trended on Twitter in the first place.