All this Justin Bieber smoking weed and #Cutforbieber nonsence has got us thinking; have human beings well and truly lost the plot? 

The hashtags #cutforbieber and #cuttingforbieber started trending on Twitter after internet message board community 4Chan started spreading the meme as a joke. Of course, self-harming is a problem faced by many, and shouldn't be trivialised in any case. 

Now YoungMinds, a British charity that aims to improve the mental health of young people, has labelled the joke "irresponsible, reprehensible and extremely dangerous". 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."

It all kicked off when TMZ released a picture of Biebz "clutching a smouldering blunt", which sparked #cutforbieber and #cuttingforbieber. Perhaps Justin should know better. His celebrity lifestyle is paid for by, and because of, his huge teenage fan base, and smoking drugs might not be the best message.

Suggesting that he's realised his mistake (and maybe admitting to actually smoking pot?) Bieber tweeted "everyday growing and learning. trying to be better. u get knocked down, u get up." soon after the photos were published.