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Hoax Encourages Cutting Over Beiber Pot Smoking

Pranksters launched the trending hashtag #Cut4Beiber, which, accompanied by graphic images of cutting, was supposedly aimed at urging Beiber to stop smoking marijuana.

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The real influences on self-injury are icons and the media, who have a tendency to make self-injury look sexier than it is problematic. If it weren't for glossy images of past and present cutters, 4Chan may have opted for a different prank than #Cut4Beiber.

Kristen Gwynne is an associate editor and drug policy reporter at AlterNet.  Follow her on Twitter: @KristenGwynne

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