Anne Frank House responds to Justin Bieber controversy
Last week, pop singer and teenager Justin Bieber visited the Anne Frank House, a museum dedicated to preserving the memory of a young Jewish girl’s experiences and courage while living under Nazi rule.
When leaving, Bieber stopped and signed the guest book. This is what he wrote:
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
But, you know, maybe the world was overreacting. On its Facebook page this morning — the same place where it first broke news of Bieber’s message — the Anne Frank House posted, “The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary.”
BuzzFeed also reported that a tour guide told Bieber at the time that Frank was a fan of pop culture in her life, which may have prompted the message. In other words, if you’re angrier than the custodians of Anne Frank’s memory, you’re probably doing it wrong.
Justin Bieber has not yet commented, though he did post two shirtless photos on Instagram this morning.