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Are Bieber fans really self-harming to make him stop smoking weed?

By percy thrillington Jan 9, 2013 12:33PM
In the '80s. right-wing Christian groups routinely went after metal artists like Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest for supposedly inspiring their fans to commit suicide, so what will they make of the current trend—supposedly—of young fans of Justin Bieber posting pictures of themselves engaged in acts of self-harm as a means to get their bieloved star to stop smoking marijuana? 

The NME reports:
Justin Bieber fans have allegedly been posting pictures of themselves self-harming as a way of pleading with the pop star to stop smoking marijuana.
The hashtags #cutforbieber and #cuttingforbieber started trending on Twitter after internet message board community 4Chan started spreading the meme as a joke, writesComplex. Young fans of the singer, however, soon picked up on the hashtag and started posting pictures in which they are thought to be cutting themselves for real, reports Gossip Cop.
The joke has since been labelled "irresponsible, reprehensible and extremely dangerous" by YoungMinds, a British charity that aims to improve the mental health of young people. Representative Lucie Russell told The Independent: "Self harming is not a fashion, fad or statement. It's a signal that young people are experiencing extreme distress and need help. Cutting is a self-destructive act that is a way of coping with overwhelming emotions."
Continuing, the charity representative warned: "To suggest young people cut themselves as some kind of protest is a very perverted and dangerous idea, and these people need to take responsibility and stop this activity immediately."
US gossip website TMZ recently posted pictures obtained from an anonymous source which show Bieber "clutching a smouldering blunt" while at a party in a hotel room in Newport Beach.
After the photos were published, Bieber took to Twitter to speak directly to his fans in a series of emotional tweets. He tweeted:

@justinbieber everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up. 5 Jan 13
According to TMZ, Lil Twist, a rapper friend of Justin Bieber's, was with the pop star in his hotel room when the pictures were taken. The photos were allegedly taken the day after a photographer was killed trying to take a picture of Bieber's white Ferrari. 
Jan 24, 2013 3:13PM

well he does love smoking something....usually it's a lot bigger than a weed....

Jan 10, 2013 7:47AM
stop putting the arrogant little **** on such a high pedistal. He's a human being who can sing if you can call it that. Find another idol. Boycott him is right. If he cared about his fans and career he'd stay away from weed and anything that would put him in a negative light. He does'nt desewrve all the praise.
Jan 10, 2013 6:05AM
If they want to stop him. Just boycott him. Take away his income and let him suffer for a while.
Jan 10, 2013 5:07AM
The whole irony here is that, just this pass November, the states of Colorado and Washington have made the act of smoking mariju****gal and California has the largest medical marijuana population in this country.  Meanwhile, the Dept of Justice is still "mulling over" what, if anything, they might do about it.  Can you say "reap what you sow"
Jan 10, 2013 4:14AM

This litte twit needs to go away, NOW!

Jan 10, 2013 3:52AM

That is a cigarette!  You see the brown filter and the little bit of white on the end is whats left of the cig.    I guess if you hold it with two fingers like a joint then it must be a joint!  hehehe

Jan 9, 2013 1:13PM
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