17 April 2013
Bieber hopes Anne Frank 'would be a Belieber'
The museum said on its Facebook page that Canadian singer Bieber, 19, had visited the Anne Frank House, where she and her family hid from the Nazis, for more than an hour "with his friends and guards."
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber," Bieber wrote in the guestbook after the visit, the museum said.
A belieber is a term used to describe one of the celebrity's fanatical fans, most of whom are teen or pre-teen girls.
Anne Frank's diary is a moving account of her two years in hiding from the Nazis with her family in a secret annexe that is today a popular museum in central Amsterdam.
She died in 1945 aged 15 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany.
Bieber's remarks provoked furious responses on social media sites such as Twitter.
In a comment retweeted more than 2000 times, Beautiful Creatures star Emmy Rossum said: "Anne Frank suffered WW2 and Justin Bieber hopes she would have been a fan? I have no words."
Ricky Gervais offered this wry observation, retweeted some 6500 times: "I agree with Justin Bieber. Anne Frank would've loved his stuff. It's perfect for being played really really quietly so no one can hear it."
But E! News reports that Bieber's guestbook comment was prompted by a museum guide.
"One of the guides pointed out that Anne was a big fan of pop culture of her time and that she might have been a fan of his, which led to what he wrote," an unnamed source said.
This has not been the first negative publicity for Bieber during his current European tour.
The pop star's capuchin monkey was seized by officials in Germany for lack of proper paperwork, he lashed out at paparazzi waiting outside his hotel in London, he cancelled a concert in Portugal without explanation, and school officials in Norway rescheduled exams to avoid clashes with his shows.
ninemsn.com.au 15 Apr 2013
Uneducated entertainment trash, with an opinion.
Bieber is a tool for the industry that stands behind him.
All that matters is that the money keeps flowing in from the prepubescent girls.
Trash, the likes of Bieber, is supported by the powers that be, in every single way.