Justin Bieber visited the gut-wrenching Anne Frank house and left an interesting message in its guestbook. Many are wishing he’d concentrate a little less on himself.
Justin Bieber spent the weekend in Amsterdam and, between shows, had (what he described as) a “chill day” while visiting the Anne Frank house. (Without his monkey, of course.) Of the many things one should feel when visiting Anne Frank’s former home, “chill” seems rather… cold.
It got worse, though. Of course.
As a reminder, Frank and her family spent two years living in hiding in a dark, dank secret room of the house while all around them Jews were being rounded up and sent to concentration camps.
That’s two years of never leaving their tiny quarters and two years with only her diary for entertainment. It should have been a chilling experience: The kind where you might regret having German ancestry or mourn family members that were lost.
Justin, however, had a different response. His main concern? His guestbook entry read, “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
Born in 1929, Anne Frank was 15 years old when she died from typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp (her family was found and arrested just a few months prior). Yes, it’s entirely possible that if she were a 15-year-old girl in 2013 that she may have been a Belieber. (Though, maybe she’d have better taste in music.) However, if Anne Frank had lived, she’d be 84 years old. Does your grandmother know (or care) who Justin Bieber is?
Despite reps for the Anne Frank House seeming rather pleased to have such a famous person pay them a visit, Facebook fans of the museum were outraged. Last we checked, there were more than 2,400 comments on the photo of Bieber, the house posted. Some comments read:
“Please Anne Frank house, do not post these stories. Protect these ‘celebrities’ against themselves.”
“Always thought the earth rotates around its own axis, but now it is proven: it rotates around this selfish prick.”
“Anne Frank a Beliber. Don’t you think the poor girl suffered enough?”
There were also plenty of Beliebers on tap to defend the pop star, reminding commenters than Anne’s legacy should have taught them to love and respect everyone. They suggested that there’s nothing wrong with Justin hoping such a smart, insightful little girl could “look up to” him. That’s actually a valid point.
Still, something a little deeper and more respectful was probably in order.
What do you think? Were Justin Bieber’s comments too self-serving? Or is his sentiment is being overlooked?