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.

LisSmith-Saxon
LisSmith-Saxon

@indarra Oh dear- oh dearie dearie dearie dear. Looks like you do not understand the severity of this. It was people like the BIELIBERS that allowed Adolph Hitler to come to power. So please, dearie.

Jjjjjj
Jjjjjj

Ummm... Go back to playing your Barbie dolls, hunny.

Jjjjjj
Jjjjjj

Justin Bieber fans are the dumbest people alive. Anne Frank was intelligent. So no. She would not be a Bieber fan

HockeyChick
HockeyChick

@SashaCoronadoBeato
We're aware of what it meant, you poor brainwashed sap. This is what your precious Bieber said: "Anne Frank was a courageous girl who never lost hope though circumstance would have a bounty placed on her very life. I'm a kid from Canada who sang a few mediocre songs and got rich. I'm so important! I don't care if Anne Frank was a member of the most persecuted group in history. I'm going to disregard that her legacy is based on an inspiring sense of optimism that allowed her to remain a person when her society tried to strip her of her humanity. And you know why I'm going to disregard it? Because she was a teenage girl! And everyone knows ALL teenage girls have to be Beliebers! I'm just that important!" IDIOT. If you're so intelligent, find legitimate fault in what I just said. Justin Bieber's ego is what you should find ANIMALISTIC ! Kindly listen to some real music, would you?

Jjjjjj
Jjjjjj

You're the one who is an IDIOT. Lol u like Justin Bieber

Biebers_Shawty1994
Biebers_Shawty1994

@Deej your a Hater who is trying to make yourself feel better by hurting other peoples feelings i am a Belieber and just because i love justin bieber doesnt mean im stupid. i know who anne frank is. i got a 98%  on a Quiz about her life. and Justin isnt stupid either. YOU ARE

AngelaA.
AngelaA.

@LisaHansen You my dear are a moron! Thank you to The Charter of Rights and Freedoms for allowing me to voice that thought.

Biebers_Shawty1994
Biebers_Shawty1994

@ONEAIELLO You know his name not his story obviously...yea he may have money now but he grew up WAY below the poverty level and had to sing outside of a theater to make money to help his mom pay bills so he isnt a spoiled brat he is just living the life that he and nobody else in his family ever got to live. 

Biebers_Shawty1994
Biebers_Shawty1994

@iamprotoss1 he is not going ANYWHERE for at least 10 years so maybe you just shouldnt get on the internet or watch tv..sorry 

EugeneMalbog
EugeneMalbog

Not all of what Anne Frank had written in her diary was published for academic reasons but documentary movies of the account of her life detailed the struggle of not only Anne's Family but also of  several families with them. A small space shared by many people of different personalities, just getting along with each other day by day was for them a challenge. They have misunderstandings, arguments and what have you's and Anne would write about her perception of other people sharing her already small space. Justin's comment is not solemn but not at all disrespecful, taken positively, it seemed to meant that she would have enjoyed life of a world at peace.  

laylajune
laylajune

@EugeneMalbog I keep deleting my posts, because I'm worried about them being misread, much like I believe your post has been misread. But I got what you said. That's all I'm going to say. I still can't understand what others are reading into your post. 

caiolicri
caiolicri

@EugeneMalbog I'm sorry, WHAT? We're comparing Justin Bieber to Anne Frank now? They have NOTHING to do with each other. Nothing. I cannot believe this. Signing off now before I read another insensitive, ignorant comment. I'm appalled.

AdamAbramowitz
AdamAbramowitz

@EugeneMalbog For WHAT do we excuse Anne?  That is extremeely disrespectful, to deign to excuse Anne of committing some action that we do NOT know that she committed.  Your logic is imbecilic, and perplexing...

SashaCoronadoBeato
SashaCoronadoBeato

You do not know if I am a bieber fan or not so take the dumb word to describe yourself

AndrewBibee
AndrewBibee

Are you serious? Are you sure you are educated properly? I can easily point out grammer mistakes in what you wrote, and calling someone a hater when you are clearly showing hate towards another person is just hypocritical. I don't care much for Bieber's music and yes, being a "Belieber" doesn't mean you are stupid, yet claiming you know who Anne Frank is by getting a good test score shows just how shallow you are. I have read her diary and have watched documentaries about her, but it doesn't mean I know her, it instead shows that I know of her. The reason why many are upset about this, including myelf, is because Justn Bieber here, saying that she would've been a Belieber, shows just how narcissistic he is.

QueenChrysalis
QueenChrysalis

@Biebers_Shawty1994 @iamprotoss1 
Justin Beiber will never go down in history as a famous Artist due to the fact that the only reason he has fans is because hes young and he targets a young crowd. His fans are mostly under the age of 20 and were easily attracted to his music because it relates to what you believe is "cool," Take a look at PSY, one of the most Successful Artists. Having a song that became that popular so fast is a sign of a true artist to uses his music to send a message. Gangnam style is not just a catchy K-Pop song, but rather a commentary about the Upper class in South Korea's Gangnam District.