Twitter was all a flutter on Monday evening as a prankster decided to mock and tease Justin Bieber fans into harming themselves in honor of Justin Bieber.
A hashtag that read #CutForBieber urged Beiber fans to cut themselves to show disapproval for Bieber’s alleged foray into pot smoking.
A website called 4chan is thought to be behind the Internet hoax. On their website, one anonymous poster 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”.
Another commenter followed up with the post, with a graphic that read “brilliant”.
4chan is also thought to be behind the 2012 hoax #BaldForBieber hashtag which encouraged Bieber fans to shave their heads after claiming that Bieber had cancer.
The hoax even got the attention of Miley Cyrus who quickly lambasted the prank. Cyrus tweeted, “#cutforbieber? Cutting is NOT something to joke about”.
A tweet from @OfficialCANCER, also criticizing the prank, got over 46,000 retweets when it tweeted, “
#cutforbieber? Cutting is NOT something to joke about. There are people who are actually suffering from self-harm, this is so disrespectful.”
So far, Justin Bieber has yet to respond to the fake campaign.