The Anne Frank House, an Amsterdam museum dedicated to preserving the memory of the girl and family who hid from Nazi persecution during World War II, relayed a note that Justin Bieber had wrote in their guestbook:
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”— was recently posted and deemed by many to be insensitive, calling Bieber to be ‘full of himself’.
Justin Bieber’s Guitarist Dan Kanter Defended the Anne Frank Note,
“He was inspired by Anne’s brave and ultimately tragic story,” says Kanter, “To do as the media has done, is to distort, demean, and degrade his meaningful visit.”
Dan Kanter decided to release an official letter to the media, to comment on the recent controversy:
To anyone who was offended or has written critically on Justin’s message in the Anne Frank House guestbook,
As a proud and practicing Jewish person, this topic hits close to home. Therefore I feel it necessary to comment on these malicious media attacks against my boss and friend.
What Justin wrote in the Anne Frank House guestbook was not ignorant or disrespectful – it was in fact thoughtful and profound.
— You can read the full letter over on The Hollywood Reporter’s site.
Anne’s now 83 year old stepsister Eva Schloss has made the following comments defending Justin:
(The backlash Justin received is) so childish. She probably would have been a fan. Why not?
He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music. They make a lot of fuss about everything that is connected with Anne Frank.