Justin Bieber in Anne Frank storm after making belieber comment in guest book

Posted on 15 April 2013
By Carlton Whitfield
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Canadian heart-throb Justin Bieber is suffering a backlash for writing a self-promoting message in the Anne Frank House guestbook – stating he hoped the Holocaust victim “would have been a belieber”.

The official Facebook feed of the Anne Frank House promoted Bieber’s visit to the Amsterdam museum.

He wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

The comment provoked dismay on social networking websites with many criticising him for what they regarded as a crass attempt to associate himself with one of the faces of the Holocaust.

‘Belieber’ is the term for devoted fans of the 19-year-old singer, the majority of whom are teenage or pre-teen girls.

One of the comments described his entry in the guestbook as “shallow and self-serving.”
“He obviously has no clue what a solemn opportunity he had in visiting The House,” one user, Penny Holland, wrote on Facebook.

Others described it as “immature and disgusting.”

His entry in the guestbook is understood to have been prompted by one of the guides, who pointed out that Anne was a fan of the pop culture of her time and that she might have been a fan of his.

Anne Frank’s diary, an account of her life in hiding, is one of the most popular and moving personal narratives of Jewish life in Nazi-occuped Europe.

The family, which went into hiding in 1942, was betrayed after two years. Anne died aged 15 in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, shortly before it was liberated by the British.
The Anne Frank house contains a museum dedicated to her. It also preserves her hiding place.

Bieber is currently on a European tour which included a concert in Arnhem, some 60 miles southeast of Amsterdam, on Saturday.

Museum spokesman Maatje Mostart said the museum was happy to have received Bieber and did not see anything offensive in his remarks.

Annemarie Bekker, another spokesman, said museum officials were “a bit overwhelmed” by the negative reaction to Bieber’s statement.

“He’s a 19-year-old boy taking the effort to come and see the museum, and we’d like to point that out, and I think it’s quite innocent what he put down,” Ms Bekker said.

Bieber has been hit by a string of bad publicity during his European tour.

Last month he was booed by his audience after turning up to perform at the London O2 Arena nearly two hours late. He has also seen his pet monkey stuck in quarantine in Germany.