Um, I've yet to hit 25, and it offends me
That is one of the sickest things I've seen in a long time....maybe ever. Tribal peoples are one thing. If they want to punch a bamboo rod through their lip, that doesn't bother me - it's merely their culture.
But this nonsense is unnatural and vulgar. I don't think it will be a huge phenomenon. In reality, I bet it is being over hyped right now, and will only catch on with a small minority of the population.
Kids these days may be increasingly unintelligent on the whole, but most aren't dumb... And you don't have to be a genius to realize slicing your tongue in half is going to hurt, and have serious physical consequences.
Of course, you always have your wackos...like the brother of captured bomber Eric Rudolph who cut off his hand as a sign of solidarity for his brother. Anyone who would willingly do something like that to himself ought to be let alone, so long as we (taxpayers) aren't burdened with supporting them afterwards.
I love America. I guess that makes me Bush's poodle, but I'd rather be a dog in New York City than a prince in Riyadh.