Justin Bieber on Anne Frank: 'Hopefully she would have been a belieber'
A visit to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam can be a powerful experience, and guests from all around the world are invited to sign the book at the historic World War II hiding place site to share their thoughts. When popstar Justin Bieber was there this week, he thought maybe the iconic teenage writer could have been a fan of his. You know, if things were, like way different.
A woman stands in a hallway holding open a bookcase mounted on hinges, behind which is visible a staircase hidden in the Anne Frank House, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1960s. (Photo by Anne Frank Fonds - Basel/Anne Frank House - Amsterdam/GettyImages)
Bieber penned in the museum's guestbook:
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."
The Anne Frank House posted Bieber's message on their Facebook page, noting that the 19-year-old came to the museum with friends and guards with fans waiting outside for a glimpse of the singer. Bieber "stayed more than an hour in the museum," too.
Now we know what Bieber thinks of Frank, the Jewish diarist who hid, along with her family and friends, to escape the Nazis in the early 1940s, before being found out and sent to a concentration camp to her death.
So what do people think of Bieber's Anne Frank House message? Here are a few gems from the Anne Frank House Facebook page:
- "What a self indulgent little prick."
- "[V]ery self-serving and completely missed the lesson in front of him. Shows his complete LACK of Maturity."
- "Oh no! Anne Frank is way too smart, to get brainwashed by Bieber's FAKE fame and arrogance. He's nothing but a talentless, egotistical, puker!"
- "I suppose his next stop is Berlin where he will re-enact JFK's famous "Ich bin ein Belieber" speech!"
- "Really? Putting in your own trivialized moniker belieber on one of most important figures of the 1940's. someone needs to teach this kid to properly address certain topics with a professional attitude."
- "How does he manage to think about his own fame and success attending a historical place of such tragedy and injustice[?]"
- "If she was still alive today she'd be 84. I highly doubt she'd be a belieber. He's such a twat."
- "I bet Anne Frank is rolling in her grave right now. Such a disrespect to her. I hope she raise from the dead and kill this douche."
It is, of course, hard to say if Frank would have been a fan of a very famous male pop star. The young girl certainly idolized popular movie stars of her era, plastering the wall next to her bed with photos from magazines brought in by the family's hiding helpers of famous faces—so Anne was not necessarily beyond typical teen adoration. However, much of these people were famous women: Ice skater Sonja Henie, Greta Garbo, and Britain's Princess Elizabeth (before she was Queen). Kids these days Tweet more than they write in diaries, so here's more from Bieber from his day in Amsterdam, where he was to put on a concert:
Resting up. Relaxing. Chill day— Justin Bieber (@justinbieber) April 12, 2013
At least Bieber is consistent—we'll give him that; he manages to do bonehead things at home in L.A. and all over the globe.