Walter Mencken 2:02 p.m., June 25
The diarrhea of Justin Bieber
Visit to the Anne Frank House gives pause for self-reflection
It's Bieber's world. We just live in it.
Teen pop heartthrob Justin Bieber and his posse took time away from their busy world tour to visit the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam yesterday.
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here," Bieber wrote in the museum guestbook. "Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber."
That's it? Justin Bieber visits the Anne Frank House and all he sees is a potential fan who wasn't fortunate enough to have survived Hitler's atrocities so that she could buy his music?! At least he didn't refer to Frank, who died of typhus while imprisoned at a Nazi concentration camp, as "doable." To his credit, it should also be pointed out that Anne Frank is one of the few girls whose last name Bieber remembers.
It's a no-brainer: you walk in looking somber and spend a polite hour going over the artifacts. Upon exiting the gift shop you find the memorial book and write something thoughtful. What you don't do is use the occasion to plug yourself.
The LA Times asks if we are all being too hard on the boy. Before posing the question, the Times should have taken a look at the photos of Bieber and his chums that were posted on TMZ.
Are they at the Anne Frank House or standing in line for an A ride at Disneyland? The little shot must be aware that cameras are on him. How's for a little decorum? For punishment they should lock Bieber in an attic and force him to listen to old Ed Wynn routines.
Everyone, including the Anne Frank House, has a Facebook page. The museum curators didn't help the situation by posting the following on their wall: "The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. We think it is very positive that he took the time and effort to visit our museum. He was very interested in the story of Anne Frank and stayed for over an hour. We hope that his visit will inspire his fans to learn more about her life and hopefully read the diary."
I'm guessing that a new line of CDs will soon be gracing gift store shelves.
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