Justin Bieber Hopes Anne Frank Would Have Been a ‘Belieber’ — and the Internet Explodes

The teen pop star's inscription in the Anne Frank House museum inspired anger and derision from all corners of the opinion-o-sphere

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Justin Bieber performs in Lisbon on March 11, 2013

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During a brief stopover on his European tour on Friday, teen pop sensation Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, the Amsterdam museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the young holocaust victim who chronicled her ordeal hiding from the Nazis during World War II in The Diary of a Young Girl. Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15. According to the Anne Frank House’s Facebook page, like many visitors to the museum, the pop star left a message in the guest book, writing:

Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.

For those who are not members of the Justin Bieber fan club, a “belieber” is someone who is. The cringe-worthy comment has caused an uproar on the museum’s Facebook page, with well over 1,300 people commenting on the post thus far with reactions ranging from “vile” to “shocking” to calling the multiplatinum selling artist a “shallow doofus.”

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The controversy quickly spread to Twitter, where the story has resulted in some funny, profane and poignant tweets:

While it’s easy to poke fun at the megastar’s public fumbles, it’s hard not to agree with actor and writer Simon Pegg when he points out that few of us would have fared well in the spotlight at the age of 19:

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.”

Bieber is scheduled to play three tour dates in Oslo this week as his European tour continues.

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114 comments
JAISYO
JAISYO

Queenchrysalis got it right. ... I weep for our future. I wonder what it would take to wake his cult followers. Could he do anything to shake their blind adoration? What would it take?

LisSmith-Saxon
LisSmith-Saxon

The moronic antics of him, make me fear for many things.

indarra
indarra

i really dont see a problem with justin bieber saying that he just wish that anne frank would of been a belieber there's  no big deal about that stop bugging  justin and go find something  intresting to actually talk about .Just think about what he said one more time and really think to yourself about what he said ,for my opinion i do not see the problem.

QueenChrysalis
QueenChrysalis

Reading these comments, they literally made me feel sad for the next generation. If they can be so easily swayed to become staunch defenders of people who have no real world view is just sickening. If Justin Beiber told them to fight the government I bet they would vainly try to do so and end up getting gunned down by Police. They are almost like cultists who have no mind for themselves to decide if the actions of their idol is wrong or right. I pray that they will find something to enlighten them, for if they don't I believe that the world will be full of people who will be controlled and have no real freedom.


JAISYO
JAISYO

I wonder if JB leaves church and tells the minister "Jesus was a great guy".?... its about respect people! and his comments give respectful people the heebs because the level of ego needed to say the things he says can't

be unlearned. People: character is all you have at the end the day to separate you from

the morally bankrupt

TsengAkera
TsengAkera

There is a word in the English dictionary to describe what we are seeing here. I believe it is narcissism. To say "I believe she would be a fan" shows his own arrogance to suggest that she might have been a fan of his. That would be the same as Mayers coming in and writing that she would be Team Jacob or Team Edward. The boy, and his more psychotic fans need to realize the world does not revolve around him and just because she was a girl does not mean she necessarily would have been one of his fans. 

treerust
treerust

I don't know about Anne Frank, but I know Davy Jones was!

AnnCheekElliott
AnnCheekElliott

He  later tweeted she probably would have been a fan of mine.

JAISYO
JAISYO

I feel ya gurl.... exhausting

2ofcups
2ofcups

Clearly the Biebs has some kind of weird crush on Anne Frank, in which case we all just need to back off. He read the book and went to see where she lived. That shows interest. Her diary did have a sweet love story in it towards the end. So what if he has a fascination with Anne Frank, we all just need to leave it alone.

4everbelieber
4everbelieber

every1 shut up! so what he made a mistake big woop! he ment as in part of his family of fans u idiots! ur all so judgemental st least he acc bothered to visit Anne Franks house unlike some other people so just shut up ur all being idiots! u all just need to calm  the ham and just chill he didnt mean it in the way u think so just shut up!

solomon
solomon

feeling bad 4 the bieber can u imagine how many more fans he would have had if not 4 the holocaust

JillW.
JillW.

Personally, as someone who toured in a band as a musician with others who never bothered to visit Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam with me when I went, and as a Jewish person, I'm moved Justin Bieber bothered to visit the Anne Frank house, that he bothered to learn something first hand about the holocaust by doing so. His commentary was relating her to his world, to how she'd have responded if she lived in our time, a young girl without cares and worries. The shallowness, it seems to me, is the outrage expressed in a thoughtless way over his simple, heartfelt attempt to relate to something outside his experience, and hopefully outside of anything any of us would have to experience in our lifetime. The outright slander and cynicism around his attempt to make a simple, human gesture is despicable, and another reason I've withdrawn more and more from news as it moves away from being informative to being just another conduit to crappy entertainment with the basest values, twisting and creating news stories out of the most innocent of acts like this one, catering to the most common denominator. We have truly horrible people in our midst, blowing up children in Boston. If you want to harp on monsters, monstrous acts, acts of the worst sort of selfishness, harp on that. Then, you'd get it right.


JasonMichael1
JasonMichael1

It's not so much Justin Bieber that I hate. I mean we all do stupid stuff, I mean the condom challenge that's going around now, what sane person does that? He's just famous so the stupid stuff he does get's trust into the spotlight. So he should be more careful with what he says and does. But it's the fans that I hate. The Belibers, that automatically insult anyone and everyone that doesn't worship the ground Justin walks on, the ones that automatically insult any other singer out there. The ones that are so obsessed with Justin they can't see how stupid they're being. Biebers_Shawty1994 is one of them in this comment section. She , and nearly every other "Belieber" automatically thinks that we're, jealous or haters, because we don't like him. The 12 year old girls that do stupid things in his name. I don't know him personally, I can't say I do or don't like him. I don't like his music though. And I don't like what he's been doing lately, all the news that's going on about him. 

kelychristmas
kelychristmas

Honestly, I can't believe anyone would spend so much time on this, especially writing an article about it. Yes what he said was very ignorant and kind of childish, but it does not mean that it literally deserves an article. There are thousands of more important things going on and this gets face time on Time? This is the real problem, and not what Bieber said about Frank, the problem is the priorities of the people. I mean, I am definitely not a fan of any of Bieber's music and I don't think I ever will be, but honestly, did someone have to write out what he said and make it such a big deal?

I bet that if Bieber suddenly calls cats his non favorite animal, the world will go crazy and throw their cats out or send him hate because he hates cats. Shouldn't we be spending our times on other things? Anyone who even spent a minute of their time hating on him or even saying whatever he did was inexcusable  is wasting their time. Besides, the kid is only still growing up and learning, you can't spend time hating on someone who is  bound to make mistakes. I do agree that it is a little ignorant and he should be embarrassed to have written that, but you don't need to send him hate or literally write an article that he did.

JAISYO
JAISYO

Hahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!

Biebers_Shawty1994
Biebers_Shawty1994

i love Justin Bieber and i dont care what any of you IDIOTS think about him you are just jealous of him thats why you are TRYING to make him look bad because you are all just HATERS but i have news for you because no matter how hard you try he has half the worlds population on his side we are BELIEBERS and we care more about Justin than anything on the face of the earth so all you people out there that are being completely rude for no reason at all can just go some were and stop being a big bully. 

Deej
Deej

Are people actually trying to say he visited Anne Frank so that his Beliebers would get to know who she was? They're so uneducated they have no idea who she is? Okay.

LisaHansen
LisaHansen

Justin feels a connection to Anne in that he is also a victim of persecution. He is a bright, sweet, hard working, fine young man. I would be proud to have a son with such a beautiful soul. Be kind to one another. Life is hard enough without being constantly judged.

Teaghan
Teaghan

I don't know if Anne would have been a "Belieber" or not, but I do question how she would feel about all this vitriol aimed at one person because they are a popstar who caters to a younger set.  Justin doesn't seem to be that bad a kid, or at least not worthy of the kind of mass hatred he receives. The kind of abhorrence that is a kin to what we reserve for dictators and despots.  As someone who has been to the museum and was inspired by Anne, I would like to think that she would have be distressed by this kind of blind hatred for one person.  Her's was a life seeking peace and I'm sure she would have no patience for the kind of venom that many throw at this young man.

ONEAIELLO
ONEAIELLO

This kid is a wealthy spoiled brat who is not the sharpest tool in the shed. I would not expect great insight from Justin Bieber on Anne Frank and the Holocaust.

joanne_sabra
joanne_sabra

ya it did come out a little shallow... but i don't think he meant it like that

cety483
cety483

i don't see anything wrong with his comment! i actually think this just shows how popular he is and how lots of people are jealous of him and trying to ruin his life and career! THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH HIS COMMENT OK!

TONGTONG5859
TONGTONG5859

Omg...you all are too sensitive...Come on Justin dint have any harmful meaning about that..he just hope if Anne still life maybe she will like his music and like other people to be his fans...Justin just posted something come from his heart and hope can you all think more positive..

caiolicri
caiolicri

Some teens and adults are saying "What's the harm in what he said? He didn't mean harm." Or things like that. People who don't agree with what he said do not think he meant harm. That is not our point. The point is that being a "belieber" has nothing to do with a historical figure, especially one like Anne Frank. It is ignorant and senseless. That is the point. It just proves how clueless he is, and how sadly uneducated he is.  Imagine other celebs making these kind of comments regarding historical figures, like Martin Luther King... How does it make sense to say, "Hopefully he would've liked my show, or my music." WTF does that have to do with anything? Justin Bieber is 19 years old. Not 5. Wake up, America. Ignorance is not bliss. It's painful. 

_vJBieber_
_vJBieber_

Everybody just back off ! He obviously did not mean any harm ! He obviously meant that hopefully if she was around today she would have liked his music and been his fan a belieber , there is nothing wring with him saying that or hoping for that he is not in anyway disrespecting her , he simply said this in a kind man for what he would have hoped if she was here today! But everyone is just looking for another reason to criticize justin Bieber , so many haters but why ? Because your not him and yes he's had his mistakes but this was not one of them so get over it and move in and find something better to do with your life then to criticize Justin Bieber.

AdamAbramowitz
AdamAbramowitz

Hopefully, while in Oslo, on a Sunday he goes to church.  A beautiful, wooden church.  Hopefully said church burns to the ground, with Bieber INSIDE said church!

iamprotoss1
iamprotoss1

He's a dbag..plain and simple..I hope we don't have to hear about him on the Internet or on TV in the next year.

TeamEdeline
TeamEdeline

HAHAHAA that's SO funny, I really don't see what's wrong with it..

EugeneMalbog
EugeneMalbog

This is only an opinion. Justin Beiber thought that people of the world are his friends and can understand him, unfortunately, this is not the case.  Anne Frank is a historical figure worthy of respect but she was also human.  Who knows if Justin's words would have been true had she lived in this era? I had watched dvd movies taken from the account of her life. And lo and behold, there were a couple of posters in her room of her favorite celebrities of her time. I am truly fascinated with Anna Frank and my heart ached at the suffering of those people during the holocaust. As Justin is imperfect, so was Anne Frank. Not all of what she wrote in her diary was published as she just like Justin was still young at the time. Forgive Justin, forgive Anne. Let us all look at the bright side of life. Thank you.

sassypug87
sassypug87

And once again we see the frontal lobe is still not developed but still no excuse for not using common sense

JAISYO
JAISYO

bet KaylaaD grew up going to school and had support from family or influence from the outside about becoming a thoughtful member, or at the least a contributor, to the society in which she lives.  Thats the point here isnt it?  JB has no idea what it means to do or be anthing more than JB.  To walk away from the experience and the only thing you think to say about her is 'Anne was a great girl'???  There are no words honestly.  Its those defending him based on age that is so dissapointing....  When my young daughter read of Anne's life, she understood the magnitude, it was a not a story 'dougie-ing' across her brain.  Ugh....

KaylaaD
KaylaaD

I'm 19, and I think using his age as an excuse is pretty ridiculous. No one my age should be saying anything that blatantly ignorant, it's absolutely ridiculous. I can't believe that someone who spends the majority of his life trying to sell an image would say something so disrespectful. I never was a fan of Bieber, and now I have zero respect for him whatsoever.

iamprotoss1
iamprotoss1

@LisaMarieVaz  said it best: HE'S JUST A KID AND WILL STAY A KID FOR THE REST OF HIS LIFE.

I pity the fool....and who cares if he's richer than me or any of you.  He's weird - Selena Gomez even laughed about him..probably has a 2 inch john.

JAISYO
JAISYO

its a bigger conversation than JB.  Its about the culture of today. 

TrajanSaldana
TrajanSaldana

I didn't realize Justin Bieber was of such significance to cause such an uproar

LisaMarieVaz
LisaMarieVaz

Honestly, he's just a kid. Give him a break. All he meant was that she was a beautiful person and that they would get along fine. But it came out wrong. And well let's just leave it at that. 

JAISYO
JAISYO

Bill Maher, I sure hope you picked this up for your show on Friday.....  CAN'T Wait!

JAISYO
JAISYO

HAHAHAHAHAHA. You Beliebers are hilarious. He took the time out of his schedule to learn something?? Try this on, he didn’t get a formal education and is likely keen on the fact that a lot of what goes on in this world doesn't make sense to him. Kind of like taking a little kid to a movie and having them ask repeatedly ‘what are they talking about now?  If you don’t think that this kid lacks most common of senses and has less than zero of a clue about what makes the world work (even as the teen level) you are kidding yourself. My 12 year old loves this guy like a kid loves a fluffy little puppy. But even she knows that his place in this world is simply to look pretty and make girls scream. My earlier point was merely that he has the $ and the influence to do something meaningful for his fans to respect and learn from. The general consensus is simply that he doesn’t have the character to do more than what he is doing right now.... making little girls scream.

ElinorZen
ElinorZen

"Cut him some slack. How many other pop stars are spending their free time learning about the Holocaust? ...Yes, his comments in the museum guest book were clumsy. But they were at least written by a man who that day was challenging himself to experience something new, a man who spent an hour confronting some of the horrors of the Holocaust."

Aish.com

goodandtrue
goodandtrue

The people we call Jews in the USA are actually Europeans who have converted to Judaism, they are not the genetic Hebrew Jews related to  Moses in the Bible.  

IsaacLevy
IsaacLevy

i'm Jewish and see nothing wrong with his comment.

UmojiLegend
UmojiLegend

Beiber actually did a good thing. Everyone is condemning him before they even consider the "context" of what he wrote. He just (in a very awkward way) humanized Anne Frank in the eyes of his millions of young fans. He created empathy between them and Anne Frank. When his fans jump onto their smartphones and other devices to google Anne Frank's story, they're going to personalize it and really feel it.

Anne Frank is your friend, sister, classmate. She's just like you.

manofsteel1898
manofsteel1898

um...maybe he meant that she was inspiring and that he hopes she would approve of what he does.

i mean, she wouldn't, but he can hope. kind of a stupid way of putting, though, yeah.

gshayward
gshayward

Justin Bieber is 19.  Every teenager thinks the world revolves around them.  How much more so when you live in a surreal bubble like he does.  While his comment was silly and asinine, it was far from offensive.  At least he attended the museum and paid his respects.  Let's cut him a little slack. 

JAISYO
JAISYO

Kellog13, please enlighten us all about brother Justin's meaningful works

kimbinini
kimbinini

I love Simon Peg's comment....I think we're being too harsh on him.  Sure it wasn't the most erudite thing to post on Anne Frank's facebook page, but he IS still a teenager.  I'm a fan, but the people around him are doing a horrible job of making him a more humble person...he was WAY more humble a couple years ago...I don't know what happened.  Sad.  But I still support him..

Hermione
Hermione

Frankly, I have read worse comments on the Internet.

Hopefully, this young man will learn from this, and be more careful of what he says in public.