Over the weekend, jet-setting pop star Justin Bieber‘s world got that much bigger, his horizons broadened. He arrived in the Netherlands for a concert Saturday night, but not before fitting in an educational field trip on Friday.
During a special after hours visit to the Anne Frank House, Justin and his entourage were given a private tour of the historic site where Anne and her family hid from the Nazi regime for two years, the home in which she famously spent the majority of her time keeping a diary that would eventually be published as “The Diary of Anne Frank.”
Or, according to the version on Justin’s bookshelf, “The Diary of Justin Bieber’s Most #1-iest of #1 Fans.”
Upon leaving, Justin signed the museum’s guestbook: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
Hear that? It’s the sound of libraries far and wide throwing out their entire history section, floors, and wings, its peer-reviewed texts to be rewritten immediately. Anne Frank isn’t who you thought she was. She is a Belieber, first; Symbol of Strength in Adverse Times, second.
Furthermore, Justin Bieber isn’t just a mere speck in the sweeping web of WWII/European History. WWII/European History revolves around Justin Bieber.
Let’s imagine how this vain and self-important thought could’ve entered his mind. Justin toured the residence for over an hour. He walked through its corridors, running his hands along the wooden interior, thinking, “If these walls could sing, it’d be ‘Beauty & The Beat.'” He saw the attic where Nazis eventually found a teenage Anne, rounded her up with the rest of her family, then sent them to a concentration camp to be executed. Justin soaked this all in (with #swag). He had learned a gracious lesson and couldn’t well keep this new truth to himself because that would be, well, selfish.
As all things Bieber does in 2013, it’s been met with some controversy. Coming to his defense is his usual international chorus of tween girls, waking up this morning, ready to avenge him. “Who is Anne Frank?” “WAT DID SHE DO 2 JUSTIN!?” Ready to send their death tweets at the unsuspecting victim proved confusing for them once they learned Anne was already long dead. They haven’t been assigned “The Diary of Anne Frank” as required reading yet. They’re only in 5th grade.
To Justin’s credit, his “Belieber” comment most likely stemmed from learning Anne herself loved popular culture. She had many posters of the movie and singing stars of the day tacked up in her room. His sentiment was probably more along the lines of “Anne was so amazing, I’d be lucky to imagine she’d be a fan of mine.” If it were 1945, Justin would’ve tried to protect Anne, with the same force he exercised on that rude paparazzi. Visualize it: Justin leaping like a flailing jerboa at a uniformed Nazi.
That said, concerning his particular wording, it’s still a strikingly tone deaf comment.
Responding to an inquiry by BBC reporter Anna Holligan, the Anne Frank House press office confirmed he did in fact write the message. They also gave Justin the benefit of the doubt, responding: “He’s 19, it’s a strange life he’s living, it wasn’t very sensible but he didn’t mean bad…”
And they’re right. It’s strange to grow up in the public eye, where you’re criticized for not having the proper paperwork in order to retrieve your pet monkey. He is 19. He is living a difficult life.
Anne Frank on the other hand was just an ordinary girl who was a victim of intense prejudice and sick circumstance. She was 15. She had real problems.