Anne Frank Museum Flies to Bieber's Defense
Hey, consider what else he could have been doing in Amsterdam
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2013 8:53 AM CDT
In this Nov. 18, 2012 file photo, Justin Bieber arrives at the 40th Anniversary American Music Awards in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – You may have been wildly offended when Justin Bieber expressed his hope that Anne Frank would have been a "Belieber," but the Anne Frank museum was not. In response to the controversy that erupted over Bieber's note in its guestbook, the museum today insisted that we're all focusing on the wrong part of the story. "We think that what's special is that a 19-year-old comes to the Anne Frank House and spends an hour visiting on a Friday night," a spokesperson tells AFP. "He could be doing other things in Amsterdam." (A fair point, considering all the other trouble he's gotten into lately...)

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Apr 16, 2013 1:10 AM CDT
You don't get it. Bieber thought Ann Frank is the girl who was blind and had to read books in braille. You know, like the scene in "Clerks."
Apr 15, 2013 5:35 PM CDT
Sounds like the museum is looking for a large donation.
Apr 15, 2013 3:41 PM CDT
The museum staff obviously doesn't realize what a publicity hound bieber is. He only went because he knew he'd get press, since there was nothing else to do in the city that interested him. They also don't know that he was an obscure, average talent in the musical would until he relentlessly self-promoted by "creating" 1000's of fans who didn't exist beforehand, and even that 1000's of his twitter "followers" are fakes created by a computer program that just feeds in unknown followers, much like a botnet program. It seems that the museum is also hungry for publicity by releasing so much info to the media. Apparently they needed a visitor boost...