Would Anne Frank have been a Belieber? According to Justin Bieber himself, if it hadn’t been for that whole Holocaust thing, Frank would still be alive and he would have one more Belieber to milk for record sales.
On Saturday, officials from the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, the museum in the space where Frank and her family hid from Nazi persecution, posted on Facebook that Justin Bieber had visited the museum on the day before while in town for a concert. It’s a pretty standard account of his visit, except for the last sentence, written by Bieber in the museum guestbook: “Hopefully [Anne Frank] would have been a Belieber.” Wait, what?
According to the post, the day before, Bieber and his entourage took an hourlong visit to the Anne Frank House before performing a concert in the Dutch city of Arnhem. While there, Bieber learned about Frank’s life, including the years she spent hiding in the building's attic from the Nazis and her untimely death in a concentration camp in 1945 at the age of 15.
At the end of all of this, the big question on Bieber’s mind was apparently, “This is sad and all, but would Anne Frank have been a Belieber?”
“Yesterday night Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, together with his friends and guards,” the Anne Frank House Facebook post read. “Fans were waiting outside to see a glimpse of him. He stayed more than an hour in the museum. In our guestbook he wrote: ‘Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.’"
Bieber did not mention the trip to the Anne Frank House or his thought’s on Frank’s musical tastes on his Twitter, instead simply writing that Friday was a “chill day.”
On Sunday, TMZ posted an update to their initial story about the Anne Frank Belieber debacle after speaking to a source close to Bieber himself. Apparently, while at the museum, Bieber learned that Anne Frank was a big fan of the pop culture of her time (which probably isn’t surprising for a teenage girl). This apparently lead to Bieber wondering whether Frank would have liked “Baby” or “Boyfriend” better.
Reaction to the post on Facebook has been almost universally negative, with commenters calling out Bieber for being self-centered at such an important historical location.
"Glad he went, but, the last sentence is VERY self serving. he missed the lessons of Anne totally,” wrote one commenter.
“Way to turn an inspiring moment into something about yourself,” wrote another.
Eric Brown is an IBTimes political reporter who eats far too much pizza. He is a graduate of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia, and currently resides in Brooklyn.