Justin Bieber was criticized by social media users after leaving a controversial comment on Anne Frank Museum guest book. A message posted on the museum's official Facebook on Saturday, April 13, read that the pop star, friends and security team visited the museum the day before. According to the post, Bieber left a comment on the museum's guest book, saying, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."
People reacted negatively to the singer's wish that Frank would have been a devoted fan of him. A Facebook user wrote, "Glad he went, but, the last sentence is VERY self serving. He missed the lessons of Anne totally." Another user commented, "Way to turn an inspiring moment into something about yourself," while a Twitter user tweeted, "Just saw what Justin Bieber wrote in the Anne Frank Museum guestbook. Absolutely disgusted."
A spokesperson for the museum, Maatje Mostart, told New York Daily News, "He was very interested in (Anne Frank's) story. It's great that he's been here, and we hope a lot of his fans will want to read about Anne Frank. We really think that it's great that a 19-year-old person wants to know who Anne Frank was and know more about her."
National director of the Anti-Defamation League, Abraham Foxman, also defended the "Beauty and a Beat" singer. "If you read Anne Frank's diary, she was into celebrities, she was into pop culture. So for (Bieber) to say he would have hoped that she would have been a fan, it's a nice thing," Foxman said. A representative for Bieber declined to comment on the issue.
Anne Frank is a young Holocaust victim who hid in a house for two years with her family when Nazi occupied the Netherlands. She kept a record of her life in the house in a diary. Nazi found her and her family in 1944. She later died of typhus in Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 15. The diary which contains inspiring story of her life survived and has been published into 60 different languages.