Age doesn't always bring wisdom and youth doesn't always mean lack of wisdom. Justin Bieber is an exception, in my opinion.
Yes, I know there are other more important topics right now -- gun control, Ohio's state budget, North Korea's heightened sabre-rattling -- but Bieber has hit a new low that I hope he doesn't recover from.
Here's the deal. Bieber, 19, visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam Friday on a "chill day" -- a day off from his concert tour.
After an hour-long tour, Bieber wrote in the House's guestbook (according to the Amsterdam site) ""Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."
Really? You just toured Anne Frank's house and you hope she would have been a fan of yours? Really? What unbeliebable hubris! (Pun intended)
Adolescent and tween/teen girls obsessed with the Canadian singer are known as "beliebers," in case you didn't know.
(Just to be clear to those who may have forgotten, Frank was 13 when she and her family began hiding in a dark and damp "secret annex" of the house to escape the German roundup of Jews in Holland in July 1942. She never left the house for two years, spending much of her time writing in her diary, until she and her family were found and arrested by Nazis in August, 1944. She died of typhus in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in March 1945. "The Diary of Anne Frank" used to be required reading in high school.)
So, I wondered what the reaction to Bieber's comment was and I went to the Anne Frank House Facebook page to see if the guestbook was posted. It was and wow, there were 857 comments and 1,936 shares as of late Sunday 24 hours later and believe me, the outrage mirrored my own outrage.
Here's a sample that I can actually print:
- She would've been a WHAT? That little idiot is way too full of himself. She's an important historical figure so show some respect.
- Lets hope she would have never been a belieber
- Here I thought it was nice of him to go and see the history of her until I read what he wrote. Have some respect Mr. Bieber for she will be famous long after your fame fizzles.
I tried to find some comments supporting Bieber just to balance out my coverage. What little I found were comments that hoped he matured someday. Not a real peep or defense from any "beliebers."
Apparently, but not unexpectedly, it appears that his "beliebers" haven't visited or "liked" the Anne Frank House Facebook page -- or even coverage in other media -- and that doesn't surprise me. Maybe they are too busy elsewhere. And that's too bad.
Now, before you think I don't appreciate young people or I'm just too old to appreciate them, know that I marvel at young performers who let their performances speak of their love of the music business.
And I like when they reach out -- without the entourage of publicists who make sure the media follows them -- to young people in need or causes that deserve their support. Not everything should be a publicity stunt.
Sure, they get endorsements and make money but it's also about setting a good example for their fans. With Bieber, this was an epic fail.