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The media were quick to jump on Justin Beiber when he wrote in a guest book at the Anne Frank House that he “hoped” she would have been a Belieber.

But as it turns out, Frank’s half-sister thinks he’s right.

Speaking with The Telegraph, Eva Schloss, whose stepfather was Anne’s dad Otto Frank, spoke about the media’s reaction. “It’s so childish,” she said. “She probably would have been a fan. Why not? He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music. They make a lot of fuss about everything that is connected with Anne Frank.”

While we agree with Schloss that the comment got blown out of control, she does have one thing backwards: In the United States, the media actually will “make a lot of fuss about everything” that is connected to Bieber.

The story is laughable whether you’re scoffing at Bieber or the media, but it’s interesting to hear Schloss stand up for both Frank and Bieber.

News of what Bieber wrote in the Anne Frank House’s guest book first surfaced after the organization spoke about the news on their Facebook page. “Truly inspiring to be able to come here,” he wrote in the guest book. “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

“She would’ve been a WHAT?,” one commenter wrote on their Facebook page. “That little idiot is way too full of himself. She’s an important historical figure so show some respect.”

Thanks to The Telegraph.

  • Dra

    How absolutely revolting! Why would he write something so self indulgent and self promoting as that in a place that so strongly symbolises the death of more than six million people. Grow up Bieber, show some decency!
    And please, no one reply trying to defend him. This is an abhorrent thing to write in such a historically significant place, you’ll just come off looking foolish

    • Melissa

      Oh, please. “Revolting” and “abhorrent”? Really? It isn’t that big of a deal. Yes, she was an important historical figure, but she was also a human, teenage girl who liked pop culture. Her own step-sister agrees, and if she doesn’t have a problem with it, I don’t know why any other person who has no connection to her whatsoever would even care so much as to be offended. This whole over-reaction is just dumb. There are a lot of things in the world to be outraged about but this isn’t one of them. I agree with Ms. Schloss; those who are getting angry about this are the ones who need grow up.

  • Jason

    I don’t understand the controversy over this. Honestly, I WISH than Anne lived a normal enough life where she could behave like a normal teenage girl and be a fan of Justin Bieber.

    • http://profiles.google.com/romajenco Roma Jenco

      The ‘controversy’ is a conscious decision by mainstream media to make a scandal out of everything Bieber does – and even what he doesn’t do. It’s not even personal. It’s about traffic, star wattage and money. Ironically, few of the outraged journos really give a toss about Anne Frank, they just want to stick the boot in.

      Bieber went to the Anne Frank House museum on his day off, with millions to spare, and while in Amsterdam, Europe’s equivalent of Las Vegas, but apparently that means Jack s***.

  • http://daydreamsandwhispers.tumblr.com/ Hermione Granger

    While I do think that Bieber was being kind of careless with his words, because his comment comes off as pretty arrogant, it was hardly worthy of the kind of backlash it received by the media. Who cares what kind of music someone likes? Does that really matter in the grand scheme of things? Just cause you don’t care for someone’s music/personality/whatever, that doesn’t mean you should spend your time ruthlessly picking on those with differing opinions. And no, I’m not even a “belieber”, I’m just sick of everyone judging everyone else for irrelevant things.

  • Megan

    Sorry to bring this up, but did Eva Schloss even know Anne? I assume Mr. Frank got remarried after his camp was liberated.

    • Megan

      I’m an idiot! Should have looked this up before I posted..

      • http://profiles.google.com/romajenco Roma Jenco

        Hey, no problem!

    • http://profiles.google.com/romajenco Roma Jenco

      Yes, she knew Anne. All the info is in The Telegraph article.

  • http://profiles.google.com/romajenco Roma Jenco

    With all due respect to everyone posting here, Bieber’s comment wasn’t offensive, tone-deaf, rude or self-serving in the slightest.

    Plenty of things in this world are, but calling Anne Frank a “great girl” who was “truly inspiring” and then relating to her as a teenager and wondering what music she would have liked — isn’t one of them.

    What is appalling, however, is the willingness of adults who should know better to clamber aboard the lynch mob train that kicked off on Sunday (slow news day) with ill-disguised relish.

    The truth is, no-one – not me, nor anyone here – knows what value Bieber took away from the Anne Frank House Museum. And nor should we.

    It’s no-one’s business but his.

    Reading Tip: [blogs.seattletimes.com]…

  • Mark

    People can complain about the media attention it’s been given and how it overshadowed the fact that he actually visited the museum all they like but that’s ignoring the blunt, undeniable facts of the situation:
    - It doesn’t matter if Anne Frank would have liked his music or not, there was no need to leave a comment that turned something about her into something about him.
    - The comment WAS inappropriate
    - BUT it didn’t hurt anyone
    - He does deserve the backlash of people criticisng him – within reason – for a stupid comment
    - With all the garbage that passes for news with celebrities now, the regular story about Bieber doing stupid things is entertaining.

    • http://profiles.google.com/romajenco Roma Jenco

      Except it wasn’t within reason was it? And hardly any of it was about Anne Frank, it was about kicking Bieber down. Total hypocrisy.

  • upper_westsider

    Not a Bieber fan, but all the huffing and puffing from the media was ridiculous.

  • alazear2

    Bieber meant well, Its a nice thought to think that someone who inspired and brought to tears millions of people would like your work. The problem is that the way he phrased it was inappropriate, partially because his phrasing comes off as arrogant and partially because of the medium that he used. It would be one thing if someone had asked at a press conference if he thought Anne Frank would have liked his music, its another to write in the guest book of the Museum that he hoped she would have been a “Belieber”. that site is an incredibly important place to millions, and he managed to make the tragedy that occurred there into a publicity attempt. That is disgusting.

  • Elphaba Thropp

    I actually thought ‘yeah, she probably would have’ the first time I read about what happened, but I didn’t say anything. I think she would have been a fan of Justin Bieber’s pre-wartime, but with her personality and maturity afterwards, definitely not.

  • http://twitter.com/AntaraC Antara Chowdhury

    Just gonna leave this here (it was written by Dan Kanter, Justin’s guitarist):

    To anyone who was offended or has written critically on Justin’s message in the Anne Frank House guestbook,

    As a proud and practicing Jewish person, this topic hits close to
    home. Therefore I feel it necessary to comment on these malicious media
    attacks against my boss and friend.

    What Justin wrote in the Anne Frank House guestbook was not
    ignorant or disrespectful – it was in fact thoughtful and profound.
    Having grown up in a Jewish family in addition to attending Hebrew day
    school and Jewish summer camp, the Holocaust is a topic I have studied
    extensively. When conceptualizing the events of the Holocaust, it is
    common to imagine ourselves and our loved ones in the places where
    people were persecuted by the Nazis. This is to forge a personal
    connection with those who suffered — so that we remember, and of course
    so that it never happens again. When I was 14 years old and watched
    Schindler’s List for the first time, I imagined my own grandparents
    being taken away and killed because they were too old and weak to work.
    When I watched The Pianist, I imagined my own family being taken from
    our houses with little-to-no belongings.

    Last month when we were in Poland, the March of The Living set up
    a trip for me to visit the Nazi concentration and death camps,
    Auschwitz and Birkenau. When there, my guide encouraged me to once again
    envision myself and my loved ones as if we were among those who were
    imprisoned, tortured, and killed. When I saw the room full of shoes, a
    pair of children’s shoes made me think of my brother. When I saw the
    room full of hair, strands of curly blonde hair made me think of my
    mother. When I stood in the blistering cold winter at the end of the
    train tracks in Birkenau – at the crossroads where families were broken
    apart — I imagined my own wife being torn from my arms. And when I
    stood in a gas chamber and saw hundreds of fingernail scratches strewn
    across the walls, I imagined myself, dying horrifically.

    Anne Frank was 13 when she and her family went into hiding, and
    16 when she died in a Nazi Concentration camp. Justin is 19 years old,
    only 3 years older than Anne was. Furthermore, everyday he meets
    hundreds of girls of the same age and performs for thousands more. The
    fact is: no one in the entire world has a stronger relationship with
    millions of teenage girls than Justin. Therefore, it only makes sense
    that he would connect with Anne this way. And when he learned that Anne
    was a fan of pop culture, his connection was that much greater. Justin
    wrote that he was inspired by Anne’s brave and ultimately tragic story.
    In the same way that Anne reminded me of my teenage cousin when I first
    visited the Anne Frank House in 2008, Justin thought of the millions of
    Beliebers he cares so much about — and Anne Frank definitely would have
    been one of them.

    Justin is the busiest person I know. He did not have to visit the
    Anne Frank House, but he did, and was moved by his experience. We are
    taught to study, commemorate and remember the events of the Holocaust so
    that they never happen again (לעולם לא עוד). But now, when one of the
    most famous people in the world visits the Anne Frank House, and is
    inspired by his visit, you attack him instead of applaud him for drawing
    exposure to the story of Anne Frank and the Holocaust. Justin is a 19
    year-old who wrote what was to him a heartfelt comment to mark this life
    experience. To do as the media has done, is to distort, demean, and
    degrade his meaningful visit.

    • alazear2

      All of this would be fine if he were a Jew who had no relation to Bieber, but the fact that Justin’s success directly impacts his paycheck makes him the opposite of impartial. As a Jew I was very offended by Biebers comments, not because of the sentiement (I’m fine with him hoping that his ideals would have appealed to her) but the way he wrote it was inappropriate and the setting of the comment doubly so. The Anne Frank house is a site contemplation about humanity, and the nature of right and wrong. Bieber managed to make his visit into a publicity stunt, completely negating the purpose of his visit.

      • http://profiles.google.com/romajenco Roma Jenco

        Ridiculous. Only Jews can appreciate the horror of the Holocaust? WHAT? Any right thinking person knows it was abomination.

        • alazear2

          First of all I’m sorry if I offended you, that wasn’t my intention at all. However that isn’t what I said. Placing words in my mouth doesn’t help your cause, no matter how good or right it is. Second of all my point was that the guitarists views, jewish or not, are affected by the fact that his paycheck is directly affected by the success of the tour. Of course even nonjews can be see it was an abomination, but by starting his letter with the phrase “As a proud and practicing Jewish person, this topic hits close to home” he opens up comparisons, especially from other jewish people. If you had actually bothered to read my response you would have seen that the main point was that the offense comes from the phrasing of his comment and from the place where he wrote. Once again I’m sorry if I offended but please read before you respond.

  • Glaciusx

    I still think his comment was rude. Plus, I’m pretty sure Anne Frank would have a higher standard in music than being a “belieber”….

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