Bald for Bieber?

Fear not Beliebers, despite recent rumors, your favorite crooning cutie is healthy. 

Last week hackers who pledge allegiance to 4chan were up to their old tricks. The agenda? Bieber sabotage.

The notorious internet pranksters manufactured a screenshot of the verified twitter handle of Entertainment Tonight, @ETonlineAlert, and shocked the united nations of Beliebers. 

The tweet read, “Pop star Justin Bieber was diagnosed with cancer earlier this morning. Bieber fans are shaving their heads to show their support.” Above the tweet was two pictures of teen girls with shaved heads and the hashtag “#Baldforbieber”. 

And it doesn’t stop there. The hackers then created a screen shot of a tweet from J. Biebs himself, taking the prank a step further. “Several of my AWESOME supporters are shaving their heads to help get me through this! I love my fans! #BaldforBieber," they write. 

Throughout the past week, over 900 fans have tweeted #BaldforBieber. In record time, #BaldforBieber was trending through the Twitterverse, was launched and Facebook and YouTube pages were created.

While there’s no evidence fans actually shaved their heads for the cause, the hoax definitely threw pop culture for a loop.

Beibs hasn’t mentioned anything about the hoax but his bodyguard Kenny Hamilton denounced the rumor via Twitter.


Caroline Finnegan is a rising junior in the College of Media at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying news editorial journalism. She is the Contributing Editor and Weekly Columnist of  U of I’s branch of The Odyssey, a Greek newspaper, as well as the leader of ceremonial services and ritualistic practices of her sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. She is currently working for a music promotions company and at her mom’s clothing store. Caroline hails from the Windy City and prefers everything Chicago style, including sailing on Lake Michigan, Jonathon Toews (and the Blackhawks), Wrigley Field and of course, Oprah. Some of her favorite things include: biographies, New Orleans. singing cards, and elephants. She aspires to become a writer for a television show like Saturday Night Live, or her favorite, Modern Family. Next Spring, she plans on studying in her Grandpa’s homeland of Italy.

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