Beliebers are officially starting to scare me.
I mean, our celebrity-obsessed society plus the Internet has definitely brought the worst (but at times hilarious, sadly) out of people. But I really REALLY think uberfans are going too far.
I suppose by definition being an uber ANYTHING makes you too extreme for comfort. But seriously, this shit that’s trending is Cray with a capital C.
Looks like it started a couple of hours ago, but I think you’ll agree that #CutForBieber (or #CuttingForBieber) officially should cause us CONCERN for some of the youth in our society.
Oh, would you like some context? It seems Justin Bieber’s notoriously hardcore fanbase has decided to take a stand on the recent discovery of The Bieb’s recreational use of pot and are rallying on Twitter posting pictures cutting themselves along their arms in an effort to get Bieber to kick the habit.
I warn you, the pictures are gruesome.
Here is one:
A more gruesome one (and therefore, bigger Belieber????) is here (I refuse to post it cause it made me gag and if blood makes you queasy, do NOT open it).
Obviously there are some who have taken the opportunity to make a mockery out of this trend, by taking their own “stands” to rally against Justin’s choice to smoke the marijuwaaana.
Like this dude:
Or this one.
I don’t think you can blame the Internet for propagating insanity in these uberfans. We have always heard unfortunate stories about stalkers who have been blinded by their imaginary relationships with their favourite fans and have been driven to beecoming…well, creepy.
But the Internet DOES pull back the curtain for the rest of the world in realizing just how potent the pull of celebrity actually can be for some people.
Beliebers, you are officially the most hardcore uberfans in the HISTORY of fandom.
UPDATE: Monday January 7, 4:00 p.m. ET - We dug into this a little more and the story gets even better. Really we mean worse, but “better” due to its scandal factor. It turns out this trend was sparked by none other than the notorious web community 4chan. According to DailyDot, 4chan users brainstormed the hashtag up this morning when an anonymous poster wrote on a forum thread that community members should “start a cut yourself for bieber campaign” to “see if we can get some little girls to cut themselves.”
I don’t know whether to feel more sorry for the 4chan-ers or the uberfans that cut themselves…
Man oh Man, the Internet never fails to offer so much fodder to make us laugh, cry and fume over the state of the world (and the occasionally questionable people on the Intewebs).
It’s always entertaining to see what completely random occurrence ends up sparking comments and conversations and spreading like wildfire.
Here’s a snapshot of some of the main ones that caught our attention the past week.
1) Ikea Monkey
Although this one crept into our digital lives last weekend, it proceeded to make headlines and cover up our Facebook newsfeed throughout the week. If you’re unfamiliar with this, a little monkey named Darwin was discovered in a Canadian Ikea store. Then the Internet exploded with Ikea Monkey memes galore.
Being a bit of a dork, the one that made me LOL the most is Ikea Monkey Rises
To be completely honest, I’m not sure why this one trended as much as it did. I mean, I “get” that it’s the last repeating date most of us will see. But it’s as though all of Facebook decided to hop on the bandwagon and immortalize this date via a status update.
Lots of people decided it would be fun to get married that day as well, including former babe-a-licious Blue Jay, Roberto Alomar.
3) Mistletoe Kissing Prank
Yay for the holidays! In four days this video is up to approximately 8.6 million views and it’s exactly what it sounds like: a couple of peeps are pretending to do a survey to find out how many people actually still kiss under the mistletoe.
The thing I found most interesting about this video, is how many people would kiss an absolute stranger given the chance. Especially liked the girl who went back for a second smooch. YA she did.
4) Horrific Newton, Connecticut school shooting
Where do we even begin with this one? This is a topic that is still trending (and rightfully so) but it started on Friday Dec. 14 when reports came out about a massacre at an elementary school in Newtown Connecticut left 28 people dead, including 20 schoolchildren.
Then we saw Obama’s heartfelt speech wiping tears as he spoke about the incident, the outburst of national gun control conversations on Twitter, to one of the victims, Victoria Soto’s face being plastered all over Facebook along with her heroic tale of how she protected her students by hiding them in closets etc.
There’s also that sickening mishap where the Internet identified and threatened the wrong man as the Newtown shooter (good job, sheeple).
Oh and those petitions. You know, the largest-ever petition on the White House’s We The People citizen engagement website. At the time of writing this, there are at least five petitions on the front page related to tighter gun controls.
The list goes ON.
Subsequently the same day we also saw China in the headlines dealing with an oddly similar issue of a man going to a school and stabbing 22 little children…
Man, what a downer to end our trending topics on…
Watch this. It’ll make it all better:)
As always, we love to hear what you have to say. What trends caught your eye last week? What trends do you think will boom this week? Let us know!!
Things that make you go hmmm….but not really because Beyonce is a Godess.
2) Shirts that Turn Plumber’s cracks into sexy…cleavage??
3) A Conversation with my 12-year-old self (by @JeremiahMC)
Only word to describe this is BRILLIANT
All that Trendy stuff we didn’t want you to miss! Now you won’t look like you live under a rock around the water cooler. You’re welcome!
Hey guys, it’s June 21, 2012 and the things everyone’s talking about aren’t just newsy bits, people are geeking out over some very specific YouTube videos over the past 24 hours. Now you may have seen them, but I’m not going to make that assumption because every time I do, two weeks pass and all my friends are posting on Facebook a bossload of “awesome” and “Hilarious” “New videos” that are total must sees. So, I’m going to post them here and if by some fluke they go live weeks down the road and we’re not getting cred, we know who isn’t reading our tumblr. And, thus the awkwardicity ensues.
Clearly awkwardicity isn’t a word, but for those of us who report on the web, and do it regularly, it is a word that becomes more and more cromulant. ;)
- Uranus. You’re pronouncing it wrong. Time to learn how and why.
- A Thai anti-smoking campaign created by Ogilvy Thailand is highly effective and beyond being on the front page of reddit, it’s popping up everywhere.
- Connecticut native, Matt, was bit by the travel bug after a trip to Asia. After that it was a short leap from tourist to dancing tourist! Before YouTube was a household name, he was making viral videos of him dancing around the world. He hasn’t produced a video since 2006, so this one (featuring North Korea, even) is presumably his last. I’m a nerd and I did get a little teary. Lebanon, Greece, Isreal, Korea, Philippines - it’s like a homage to the diversity of N&M. Loves it.
- Electronic VJ, Pogo, let his latest drop and it’s popping up everywhere, so it’ll be impossible to miss. ”Lead Breakfast a Pulp Fiction Remix” is an infectious remix of sounds, words and songs from Tarantino’s popular movie. And it’s BOSS! Frig, this 24 year old Australian has figure it out! This isn’t his first, so check out his YouTube channel for more.
-For the fifth video I was nearly going to include the depraved clip of the asshole kids making the bus monitor cry, but it’s just gross. If you want to watch it, click here. A Torontonian (GO TDOT!) is raising funds to send her on a trip.
Instead, I went with Pikachu on Acid. Enjoy!