Bieber doesn’t deserve outrage over remarks about Anne Frank

Has everyone forgotten what it’s like to be young and perhaps a bit foolish?

Justin Bieber has earned the wrath of many around the world for a comment he wrote in the Anne Frank House guestbook.

It read: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully, she would have been a belieber,” according to a Reuters report.

Beliebers are what fans of Bieber are often called.

He was inspired by the Amsterdam museum. He wrote nothing negative about it or Anne.

Sure the comment was self-centered but at 19, most people are controlled by ego.

I find it incredulous that social media has allowed us to skewer others and send it out for millions to see. Sitting behind a computer screen makes it so easy for people to be high and mighty.

Do we not remember what we were like at 19? Have we not said or written things that were a tad inappropriate?

Anne very well may have been a Bieber fan had she lived in this era.

I would argue that people know way more about Anne than they do about Bieber.

She is the bigger name.

So what if Bieber wanted another fan? Does that make him a bad person?

I am not insulted by his comments, neither was the museum.

A museum staff member, Annemarie Bekker, told Reuters officials were “a bit overwhelmed” by the negative reaction.

“He’s a 19-year-old boy taking the effort to come and see the museum. “I think it’s quite innocent what he put down.”

So why the outrage?

Can anyone explain it?

Why are people so easily offended today?

 

 

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4 thoughts on “Bieber doesn’t deserve outrage over remarks about Anne Frank

  1. Not offended, just awestruck that anyone could have such a shallow reaction to a
    tour of the House Museum. His entry would have rested lowkey in the guestbook,
    except that Dutch museum’s management chose to post it to Facebook for publicity,
    ,pparently not understanding how it reads to others. They must have wanted reaction
    .. and they got it.
    And he wanted it, or he would not have signed the book – or even booked a tour.
    Age 19 allows one to vote, to serve overseas in the military where being a ‘foolish boy’ does not work. Wonder where his handlers were when he chose to trivialize a 14 year old Holocaust victim “

  2. Yes. You wonder why someone with him would not have vetted the comment.
    A good followup question you raise about publicity. Yes, the museum was trying to cash in.
    Everyone now is trying to get noticed and in some cases that backfires.
    Is the museum suffering financially? Do they need to get more people through the doors like most museum’s these days?
    Does the integrity of the museum suffer from this “scandal”?

  3. Justin Bieber is a commercial property brand. The Dutch museum exploited this by giving
    his party a private tour, presumably to reach his fan group there and online, It then chose
    to post his guest book entry online, presumably with his or handlers permission.
    What they misjudged was public reaction to his remark in English that the long dead Holocaust
    victim would have been an admirer of him, a customer. Anyone following his social media coverage
    can see that remarks are increasingly hostile, not posts just by awestrucklittle girls.
    This was commercial from the beginning, and one can’t symathize with them – a bit perhaps
    with a small foreign museum who may have been a bit excitable in their handling of a photo op
    news event. There are also reports of how he behaved there, quite unsuitable to a somber
    site.
    ‘Nineteen’ was not still innocent childhood if one looks at the casualties Canada’s armed forces
    suffered on the way along the Channel coast to help liberate the Netherlands the winter of the
    Great Hunger and usually the Dutch show sensitivity to this.
    No one is forcing him to be a millionaire entertainer and hiding behind a little boy image will not
    work in a few months when he reachs 20. He’s not the first teenager to achieve stardom, just
    the first one who can play the new social media merchandising machine on the youngsters around
    the world.
    Whether it raises the profile of the Museum for tourists is yet to be seen. Its name unfortunately
    is now linked permanently to a Celebrity apparently at the tipping point, in a major faux pas.

  4. I think today’s parent generation should be looking hard at stories about young people.
    What are you telling your grade school and high school children about the stories in
    the news ?
    What are your and their expectations of them when they reach driving age, voting age
    and drinking age in terms of maturity in a few years ? (Earlier 21 years of age was the
    for age of Majority, before ‘teenagers’ became a privileged demographic.)
    Also consider the Nova Scotia horror story, and consider the poor decisions the girl
    apparently made in the internet age, drinking at some youth’s home, perhaps a stranger
    to her, staying after the other girl had left, and being so drunk she could not escape
    the gang attack. Even to call 911.
    The criminal act of a participant publishing a record of it was almost inevitable from the
    likely slightly less drunk host – a parent apparently asleep nearby – and male guests.
    Does the parenting generation understand what their young people can do with the devices
    they so willingly buy, and the server accounts that support them?
    Perhaps we need a town hall with experts to open intergenerational discussion of personal
    responsibility to protect oneself, and the applicable laws of this country. Can’t imagine
    what the parents of those directly involved are dealing with – wonder how many have
    quizzed their young people about a role in re-circulating the images, being part of the
    Virus.

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