I am not a Belieber.
I do respect the Kid’s accomplishments, but he does not appear on my iPod.
Justin Bieber has come under fire recently for writing in the guest book at the Anne Frank house that he hoped Anne would have been a Belieber.
As a Jew and a PR practitioner, not only do I not find this remark offensive, I think the backlash is unwarranted.
The fact is that Anne Frank was a teenager obsessed with Hollywood. She had posters of movie stars. Is it THAT offensive to say that if she was a teenager in 2013 she would likely enjoy Justin bieber’s music?
Was his message self-obsessed? Yes.
Was his message controversial? I guess so.
But the fact remains that Justin Bieber has a target audience of teenage girls. And saying he hoped a teenage girl from any era would be a fan of his music is hardly a crime. Honestly, it’s not even a big deal.
What is a big deal is that Bieber went to Anne Frank’s house, which will inspire millions of people to learn her story of hope and strength.
Perspective: The real, true tragedy is that Anne Frank will never get to tell us exactly what she thinks of Justin Bieber’s music.