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 568.

    I feel (and I say feel because I can't possibly know) that Bieber was moved by his experience and wanted to imagine giving something in return. What he imagined was giving his music, something that he knows many people appreciate. We must remember that music, even in its very commercial forms is a human gift and a way of sharing.

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    Comment number 375.

    I did not like Bieber that much, but I have changed my opinion on him.He has got a good sense of humor. I may start listening his music as well.
    As far as Anna Frank is concerned, I don't care much about her story; it was long time ago and she is dead.

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    Comment number 134.

    Those that are not fans should ask themselves why they are reading this article and making negative comments. If as yu say that you are not a Bieber fan, then why read this article? Get real with yourselves & stop being jealous of the young mans success. He has worked hard to achieve his fame through himself & his mothers grit

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    Comment number 32.

    The tendancy to be hypercritical of any supposed "star" is amplified by his youth, the audience to whom he appeals and , in the case of Bieber, an element of novelty at his origins. It is a shame he can't be judged for what he is famed - his music

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    Comment number 494.

    What he wrote on that guest book will be cherished by every Belieber and perhaps would attract more people to that museum, just to see what Bieber said. Whatever he says, I go *face palm*, but he may have boosted tourism in that House and more young people will have better knowledge of Anne Frank's legacy.

 

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