Yesterday, Justin Bieber said something that irritated a lot of people (in fact, Amanda literally threw stuff across the room and screamed). While visiting the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, he wrote this message in the guestbook: ”Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
The fact that any article on any website can start with, “If Anne Frank had not died a teenager in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945, Justin Bieber hopes she…” is annoying enough. But he patronizingly called her a “great girl” when one page of her diary carried more meaning and intent and profundity than all his discography put together, then managed to make her incredibly sad story trivialized and about himself. The very terrible and very true story of Anne Frank, as well as millions of other victims, have nothing to do with Justin Bieber, and taking away anything but sorrow, respect and knowledge while visiting a historical site like that — and not some self-centered bravado about a Holocaust victim — is absurd. Yeah, I wish she hadn’t been murdered in the Holocaust, too, but that’s because I wish she hadn’t been murdered, nor anyone else; not because I hope she would have fucking “liked” me on Facebook.
Anyway, as for other historical figures, I imagine they would not have been impressed with his comments. I imagine they would have not have been Beliebers. And here are some of things I imagine other famous historical figures would think of Justin Bieber.
Note: I’m not comparing all these historical figures, nor their individual struggles, to Anne Frank and her life by any means; I just think it’s important to get an all-encompassing just-pretend response team.