Huffpost Celebrity

Anne Frank House On Justin Bieber Outrage: Focus On The Positive

Posted: Updated:
Print

Teen heartthrob Justin Bieber sparked international outrage this weekend when it was discovered that upon visiting the Anne Frank House on Friday, he left a baffling and tasteless note behind.

"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl," wrote the 19-year-old. "Hopefully she would have been a belieber."

While responses worldwide seem to be overwhelmingly against Bieber, the singer received support this morning from an unexpected place: the Anne Frank House itself, the Amsterdam museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the young Holocaust victim and diarist.

"We think that what's special is that a 19-year-old comes to the Anne Frank House and spends an hour visiting on a Friday night," museum spokeswoman Maatje Mostart told AFP.

"He could be doing other things in Amsterdam, he was very interested," said Mostart. "That's more important than the commotion that we're now seeing. That's the positive side and we want to leave it at that."

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, came to Bieber's defense as well. "If you read Anne Frank's diary, she was into celebrities, she was into pop culture," said Foxman. "So for [Bieber] to say he would have hoped that she would have been a fan, it's a nice thing."

Bieber himself has yet to respond to the controversy, though he tends to do so sometimes on Twitter and Instagram.

Related on HuffPost:

Close
Twitter Reacts To Justin Bieber's Anne Frank Comment
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Justin Bieber hopes Anne Frank 'would have been a belieber' - CNN ...

Justin Bieber causes outrage after writing 'tasteless' 'Belieber ...

Justin Bieber visits Anne Frank museum and wishes she were a fan ...

Justin Bieber Visits Anne Frank House, Enrages Internet - The Daily ...

Justin Bieber courts controversy after visiting Anne Frank museum ...

BBC News - Anger over Justin Bieber's Anne Frank message

Justin Bieber hopes Anne Frank "would have been a Belieber ...

Bieber would have liked Anne Frank to be 'a belieber' | Fox News

Anne Frank museum defends Justin Bieber after 'belieber' controversy

'hopefully Anne Frank would have been a belieber'

Justin Bieber Hopes Anne Frank 'Would Have Been a Belieber'

Justin Bieber Visits Anne Frank Museum, Says He Hopes "She Would Have ...

Justin Bieber honors(?) Anne Frank

Justin Bieber: Anne Frank Couldn't Resist Me

Justin Bieber takes heat for hoping Anne Frank would have been fan

Justin Bieber: I hope Anne Frank 'would have been a Belieber'

Justin Bieber Says He Hopes Anne Frank 'Would Have Been a Belieber'

Justin Bieber at Anne Frank House: 'She would have been a Belieber'