Breaking from some of the normal tourist activities in Amsterdam, Justin Bieber took an after-hours field trip to the Anne Frank House. After touring the house where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis with her family and friends during World War II, Bieber signed the guest book: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
The comment, which was transcribed on the museum’s Facebook page, immediately struck many people as insensitive. Frank, who documented her experiences during the Holocaust in a diary that was discovered and published after she died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, probably wouldn’t have cared much about an American pop star.
“He’s 19, it’s a strange life he’s living, it wasn’t very sensible but he didn’t mean bad,” the Anne Frank House press office said in a comment to the BBC.
Bieber officially graduated from high school last year. However, he recently came in last in a Buzzfeed analysis of the reading levels of celebrities as based on their tweets. It’s pretty likely he’s never read The Diary of Anne Frank, despite the fact more than 30 million copies have been sold worldwide.