Justin Bieber causes firestorm after suggesting Anne Frank would be a ‘Belieber’By Mason White 3:08 PM April 15, 2013
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(Scroll down for video) Justin Bieber has caused a firestorm after cracking a joke about the Holocaust while visiting the Anne Frank museum recently, according to press reports in the United Kingdom.
Justin Bieber has caused outrage with his message written in a guest book at the Anne Frank Museum, saying he hoped the victim of the Holocaust would have been a fan.
The pop idol, 19, wrote: “Truly inspiring to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully, she would have been a belieber.”
This has provoked strong criticism against the Canadian singer, who is currently in Amsterdam, as part of a tour.
The museum defended the star, but added that his comment was “not very smart.”
The Diary of Anne Frank, which was written during the two years that the teenager and her family hid from the Nazis in occupied Amsterdam, made her a symbol of the suffering of the Jews during World War II.
The house has been converted into a museum dedicated to the girl, who died in the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in 1945 at age 15.
The suggestion that if she had been alive today, the teenager would have been a “Belieber”, a term used by devout fans, generated thousands of responses on social networking websites.
“I just saw what Justin Bieber wrote in the Anne Frank Museum guestbook. I am absolutely disgusted,” read one tweet.
“Way to turn a moment of inspiration into something for yourself,” another tweeter said.
“The fact that he is popular personality with millions of fans around the world, Bieber should have done his homework before visiting the site and should have refrained from cracking jokes at a Holocaust victim,” Carl Minor, 48, of London, England told YourJewishNews.com after learning about the Bieber comment.
Museum spokesperson Maatje Mostart defended the young star, saying: “He’s 19-years-old and has a crazy life. He did not say it in a bad way and it’s good that he made the effort to come.”Mobile video not loading? Click here to view