Bieber’s Anne Frank Faux Pas Has Us Wondering: What Would You Write?

This photo of 11-year-old Anne Frank, author of the classic “Diary,” was pasted in the young Jewish girl’s journal before her capture by the Nazis. Photograph from Archivio GBB/Contrasto/Redux Pictures.

Teen idol Justin Bieber is making some unfortunate headlines again today after leaving a questionable comment in the guestbook at the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, where the young Jewish girl famously hid from the Nazis during World War II and penned her classic diary.

“Truly inspiring to be able to come here,” Bieber wrote while visiting the museum as part of his current world concert tour. “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

Since the museum posted Bieber’s message on its Facebook page this weekend, the “belieber” comment has sparked quite the debate among fans of Bieber and those who, well, don’t much care for the pop star.

The museum’s press office has publically stated that they’re not offended by the comment, saying, “He’s 19, it’s a strange life he’s living, it wasn’t very sensible but he didn’t mean bad…” Others, however, are not so forgiving.

Does the comment belittle Anne Frank’s struggle? Or are we being too hard on Bieber? Whether you support his comment or not, Bieber ultimately left his mark in a book where scores of visitors have paid tribute to the Frank family’s tragic story. (See also: Why Justin Bieber Shouldn’t Have a Monkey)

Check out some of the other comments that people have left in the museum’s guestbook in just the last 24 hours:

“A moving and truly remarkable experience.”

“We visited and were overwhelmed by what we saw and heard.”

“Never again!”

“Thanks to the ones who remember in order to change the world to the best.”

“A very touching and memorable review of the war period.”

“I could tell that Anne was a strong, intelligent girl that I would have loved to have as a friend. Very sad and heartful story.”

We’d love to hear your thoughts: What would you write in the guestbook if you went to visit the Anne Frank House? Tell us in the comments below!

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