Anger over Justin Bieber's Anne Frank message

 
Canadian singer Justin Bieber performs during a concert in Paris (19 march 2013) The singer's "belieber" comment was quoted on the Anne Frank House Facebook page

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Justin Bieber has caused outrage with his message in a guestbook at the Anne Frank Museum, saying he hoped the Holocaust victim would have been a fan.

The 19-year-old pop idol wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."

It has provoked fierce online criticism of the Canadian singer, who is in Amsterdam as part of a tour.

The museum defended the star but added his comment "wasn't very sensible".

The Canadian singer's comment was quoted on the Anne Frank House Facebook page following his visit on Friday evening.

Anne Frank's diary, written during the two years the teenager and her family hid from the Nazis in occupied Amsterdam, made her a symbol of the suffering of Jews during World War II.

The house has been turned into a museum dedicated to the young girl, who died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 aged 15.

The suggestion that had she lived today, the teenager would have been a "belieber" - a term used by his devoted fans to describe themselves - generated thousands of horrified responses on social networking websites.

"Just saw what Justin Bieber wrote in the Anne Frank Museum guestbook. Absolutely disgusted," read one tweet.

"Way to turn an inspiring moment into something about yourself," read another.

However, museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart defended the young star to the BBC, saying: "He's 19. It's a crazy life he's living, he didn't mean bad… and also it's nice that he made the effort, he didn't have to come."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 845.

    @838.Napoleon Hill
    Do you seriously believe I thought that the adminstrator was backing me up by removing my comment? :) Or could I have been making light of a thread that had drifted into farce. I made my point (the 'all shouty' bit) but was then told to lighten up. I thought that was sound advice and took it. Sorry if that bit came across weasley.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 843.

    821.Will Eisner
    4 Minutes ago Whatever happened to the Heroes? The Shakespearoes? And Sancho Panza?
    Showing your age grandpa. Move with the times, Shakespear, Anne Frank the holocaust booooring!! No reads that suff any more. These days its the interweb, myspace, CDs etc. And of course the Beibs *beam*

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    Comment number 842.

    819.yeahbutnobutyeah
    I thought there was controversy as to the authenticity of the diaries"

    Why, did Justin Bieber think they should have been written in her Filofax at that point in history to be authentic???

    I'm sure the Twitter community will be up in arms - BBC Headline report to follow!!!

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    Comment number 841.

    Like everything to do with the wars......it happened soooo long ago .....move on and stop dragging up the past.

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    Comment number 840.

    I am not a JB fan and fully appreciate the significance and sensibilities around the holocaust. Is he self-obsessed yes the natural product of too much adulation and money and will probably have tragic consequences when it fades. However the response to this is way OTT I have seen people his age laughing and joking throughout a tour of Tuel Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh so let's get real.

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    Comment number 839.

    Annes Frank´s mental ambitions are certainly much more sophisticated than Bieber´s ones.
    There are worlds between them.
    She would probably not have been a fan of him.

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    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

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    Comment number 837.

    He's brain-dead. Just look at him. Stop reporting on him.

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    Comment number 835.

    At 19 should certainly know better. Parental lack or lifestyle is NO excuse. The real irony; the ‘Frankers” will still be around in 1000 years…. the ‘beliebers’? Well they’ll just be remembered as immature little girls who knew no better and so to their idol. Sad legacy.

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    Comment number 834.

    Another interesting perspective on this... because of the publicity of this, how many millions of his adoring fans might actually pick up her diary, look through history, learn a little about it? That can only be a good thing. I think he should make a statement about it, perhaps apologize for the way it came across, and tell all his fans to actually READ her diary for themselves. Has he?

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    Comment number 833.

    Just got back from work, two important stories the poor rise in the minimum wage (unliveable wage) and the horrendous story of 3 feral brats who kicked a defenceless homeless man to death given comedy sentences. How is this story still an open HYS. The two things that will kill the BBC, compensation to saville's victims and silly gossip like this Bieber story.

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    Comment number 832.

    He is just a daft boy.the worse is yet to come.Get a life everybody.

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    Comment number 831.

    "748. captainalishah
    Oh My GOD, he said something against a Holocaust victim. He should be tried, and, sentenced to life in prison?"

    Probably the best suggestion anybody's made all day!!!

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    Comment number 830.

    Bieber liked her and her gift for writing and he hoped that she would like him and his gift with music. Absolutely nothing wrong in what he wrote. It was what he thought and what he felt. And he has called attention to the Frank house to a generation that is more than a half century removed form that time period.

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    Comment number 829.

    he's 19 years old give him a break

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    Comment number 828.

    I don't like or dislike Justin Bieber. I've never met the guy. His music doesn't appeal to me, that's probably because I'm male and 49 years old. He is 19, he left a slightly silly remark and yet grown men and women in the media believe this a news-worthy story. This kind of pressure on a guy his age is irresponsible, back off and report stories that matter.

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    Comment number 827.

    815. Xander
    Good luck to Justin, I hope he grows up and learns from this minor mistake. I don't think it showed any disrespect for Anne or her plight.
    //////
    I think it did. And the fact some don't see that is proof that we need more education on WW2, the Holocaust and nationalism. There is no bigger danger than little children thinking this kind of casual behaviour is acceptable.

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    Comment number 826.

    This is the lobby trying to elevate their position. I don't think he said anything wrong, they just want everyone to be sensitive to their cause.

 

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