Fans of Beyoncé fans have been sharing images of themselves self-harming, in a troubling show of their support after she ripped her earring out during a concert over the weekend.
During her Tidal X: 1015 show at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center in New York yesterday, things got a tad bloody while she was doing her thing on the stage.
But being Queen B, Beyoncé did what she did best and slayed the show despite bleeding from her ear.
— Beyoncé Family (@BeyonceFamily) October 16, 2016
Her reaction was nothing short of badass, but quickly after footage of her bleeding ear was posted, #CutForBeyonce started to be a thing on Twitter.
The disturbing hashtag shows Queen B fans cutting their ears, wrists, and other body parts in solidarity for Beyoncé.
Warning: Graphic images.
— cham (@chamonille) October 16, 2016
— ⚔️ (@VERTIGOSCHTlCK) October 16, 2016
— Consequence of Sound (@coslive) October 16, 2016
While it’s not clear whether or not the movement is a hoax, the hashtag is disturbingly similar to ‘Cut for Bieber’ that gained popularity in 2013.
The morbid and dangerous mock campaign started by online pranksters and urged Bieber fans to self-harm themselves in protest to controversial images of the pop star smoking.
Thankfully, not many people are on board with the Beyoncé version of this hashtag:
— Dragonfyre (@dragonfyre_) October 17, 2016
Y'all are outrageous. This #CutForBeyonce gotta stop now.Advertisement
— Dominic Middleton (@DominicJermealM) October 16, 2016
— ⠠⠁⠝⠞⠓⠕⠝⠽ (@nolcveallowed) October 16, 2016
Unfortunately, even if it is a hoax, there’s a chance impressionable young Beyoncé fans will see the hashtag and follow suit – just as they did with #CutForBieber.
Here’s to hoping that doesn’t happen.