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Justin Bieber faces backlash over Anne Frank comment

ANI  Wellington, April 16, 2013
First Published: 14:29 IST(16/4/2013) | Last Updated: 19:11 IST(16/4/2013)

Justin Bieber, who recently visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, wrote in their guestbook that he hoped Frank would have been a Belieber if she had lived.

“In our guestbook he wrote: ‘Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber’,” quoted the museum as saying in their Facebook post.

The 19-year-old singer made a visit to the museum last Friday and stayed over an hour, along with a group of friends and guards, as fans waited outside to see a glimpse of him.

Regarding that last sentence in the guest book, a large share of the hundreds of commentators on the museum’s Facebook post have reacted negatively to the teen icon’s choice of words.

However, Annemarie Bekker, a spokeswoman for the Anne Frank House, said that museum officials were ,a bit overwhelmed, by the negative reaction to Bieber’s statement.

She said that Bieber was just a 19-year-old boy, who took the effort to come and see the museum, and they would like to point that out.

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