The only good thing about the ridiculous (and dangerous) #cutforbieber campaign is its rejection by sensible people. Otherwise, it feels like the Mayans may have just been off by a few weeks.
According to Gawker, the Justin Bieber cutting trend was launched by 4chan users trying to convince JB fans to self-mutilate until Justin stopped smoking weed. "You stop using drugs and we'll stop cutting. You make this world meaningless and we've lost hope," tweeted @brittanyscrapma, which Gawker described as one of several dummy accounts set up by the "Internet troll nest" responsible. The hashtags #cutforbieber and #cuttingforbieber started showing photos from teens and tweens who claimed to have slashed their wrists and forearms but let's hope most — if not all — of those pics were faked by 4chan users. JB fans are smarter than that, right?
Thankfully, the response to this trend was immediate and not exactly supportive, and even Miley Cyrus weighed in by retweeting this note from @OfficialCANCER, "#cutforbieber? Cutting is NOT something to joke about. There are people who are actually suffering from self-harm, this is so disrespectful."
Yes, but when has being disrespectful stopped Internet "trolls"? At least there are still plenty of real Justin Bieber fans out there who know better than to follow this crowd.
Sources: Gawker, @MileyCyrus