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 885.

    834 badpenny
    I had to google Justin Bieber - don't know any of his songs, and don't think I've ever heard him - so I can't judge if he's good or bad. To me he's just a (nother) teenager, albeit a wealthy one, However, I HAD heard of Anne Frank, and I suspect she will be remembered long after JB is forgotten - I doubt if anyone will know who he was in 70 years.

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    Comment number 884.

    875. bepa
    The end result of this criticism of this19 year old will be fewer people will go the Frank home .. So Anne Frank will drift further into history. No famous person will go near this house and discuss this young woman..because why take all this criticism?
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    Nah, that's not what will happen. More parents will be reluctant to pay for their children to go see Bieber more likely.

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    Comment number 883.

    874. Richkw

    Visit Auschwitz. You might change your mind.

    That's just it though! I don't want to visit Auschwitz or anywhere else to do with this holocaust or any other for that matter. Terrible things have happened throughout history but don't get dragged into our consciousness' every two minutes. Perhaps the people of Rwanda etc. don't have the media onboard?!

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    Comment number 882.

    @864.LaBellaDonna
    As someone who spends a lot of time in the Netherlands, I believe they are a lot more laid back and pragmatic than the British. They do not have the same fascination with US media and celebrities and she probably saw a kid just getting something wrong. Like you say, tactless, not malicious. There was clearly no disrespect meant - why would he?

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

  • rate this
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    Comment number 880.

    My opinion is that the BBC would rather talk of the politics about Bieber writing in a guest book than the events of importance that might cause controversy.

    For instance WHY no HYS of The Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust "Going into Administration"? or
    How much money has been wasted semi privatising a hospital for which resuscitation will cost taxpayers ANOTHER FORTUNE?
    or Afghan Poppies?

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    Comment number 879.

    It would have been quite normal for girls of her age and at that time to be avid fans of movie stars and singers. Were she 12 years old and alive today she may well have been a Bieber fan. Although an extraordinary person, Anne Frank had the same kind of interests that many young teenagers still have today.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 878.

    825. huh
    It's just any excuse to drag up the whole holocaust thing at any opportunity. How long is the world supposed to feel guilty about something that happened so long ago?
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    Nothing to do with feeling guilty. Just remembering so it doesn't happen again.

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    Comment number 877.

    What a complete idiot. I am sure Anne Frank would have had far better taste than to be a fan of his.

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    Comment number 876.

    @843 Badpenny

    'Nobody reads this stuff anymore'......newsflash, it's not a novel, it's history and real people really were nasty and real people died so you could have all the interweb, myspace and CDs...freedom & respect is what this is about on so many levels, try it, you may like on day when you're old ;)

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    Comment number 875.

    The end result of this criticism of this19 year old will be fewer people will go the Frank home and fewer still will write their feelings in the book. So Anne Frank will drift further into history. No famous person will go near this house and discuss this young woman..because why take all this criticism? ...

  • rate this
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    Comment number 874.

    825. huh

    It's just any excuse to drag up the whole holocaust thing at any opportunity. How long is the world supposed to feel guilty about something that happened so long ago?

    Visit Auschwitz. You might change your mind.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 873.

    Little big man? Yeah, that's it.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 872.

    No. 24 (highest rated) why debate about Thatcher? She's dead and has not been in office for 23 years. At least Bieber is here today and alive. But I agree just a kid who made a silly comment. He didn't mean any harm but you know those who look for offence will want to find it somehow.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 871.

    I left a much more sensitive comment in the same guestbook just a few days ago. I hope his numbskull comment is not on the same page as mine.

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    Comment number 870.

    No Comment.

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    Comment number 869.

    814.Donut
    34 Minutes ago in Canada it is mandatory to read The Diary of Anne Frank in junior school. Really! How awful :( Thank god I'm not canadian :) I'd rather read Ikea instructions on how to build table. In German or hebrew.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 868.

    It's not one of the most anger inspiring comments I've ever seen ... it just seems like a slightly clumsy attempt at paying a tribute, made with good intentions. Some people just seem to go around looking for things to be offended by.

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    Comment number 866.

    He's just a vegetable in the body of a young man. He continues to insult his 'fans' and most other people as well.

    Maybe he should retire at 19 and live on his millions. I'm sure we can do without him.

 

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