Justin Bieber blasted for his note at Anne Frank house
By Bill Zwecker April 14, 2013 10:24PM
Justin Bieber (center) performs at The GelreDome Stadium in Arnhem on April 13, 2013. | Getty
Updated: May 16, 2013 6:06AM
Even when Justin Bieber tries to do something good, it sometimes backfires. Such is the case with the pop superstar’s comment following his visit to the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam on Friday, during a visit to the Dutch city on his European concert tour.
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here,” Bieber wrote in the guest book. “Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
That allusion to his legion of obsessed fans led to an outpouring of Bieber bashing on Twitter and all over the Internet — focusing on his seemingly self-centered attempt to be associated with perhaps the greatest personal symbol of the horrors of the Holocaust.
After hiding for years with her family in that Amsterdam house’s attic, Frank and her family were discovered and shipped to the notorious Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, where she died in March 1945, tragically just before the camp was liberated by the Allies.
Among the Facebook slams at Bieber was this one: “Way to turn an inspiring moment into something about yourself.” Another critic penned, “Unbelievable … very self-serving and completely missed the lesson in front of him. Shows his complete lack of maturity.”
Though many others echoed those remarks, Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, was more understanding of the teen star.
“If you read Anne Frank’s diary, she was into celebrities, she was into pop culture. So for [Bieber] to say he would have hoped that she would have been a fan, it’s a nice thing.”
MAKIN’ MUSIC: As always, the huge Coachella Music Festival near Palm Springs, Calif., attracted a big crowd of celebs as things kicked off this past weekend. BZ spies report Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart looked happily amorous and also noted sightings of Nick and Joe Jonas, Vanessa Hudgens, Julianne Hough, Gerard Butler and Katy Perry. Rumer Willis joined many other music lovers in looking more than a little, uh, high on life.
† One not-so-pleasant sighting was by a sharp-eyed Chicagoan, who observed a very haughty Paris Hilton “acting quite rude to a crowd-control employee when exiting” the festival venue. Reminds me of something Joan Rivers once told me: “The way I judge people is not how they talk to other stars or people they think are important. I judge them by the way they talk to people who can’t talk back.”
JOAN JABS BACK: Speaking of Rivers, I knew the veteran comedian wouldn’t let Gwyneth Paltrow’s crack about never again using Botox because it “made me look scary like Joan Rivers” go unanswered.
Over the weekend, Rivers tweeted, “I’ll tell you what’s scary — when your son brings home a girl named Apple,” clearly knocking Paltrow’s name choice for her oldest child.
‘DIVERGENT’ DOINGS: While Ashley Judd won’t run for the U.S. Senate from Kentucky, we may see her around Chicago if her negotiations to join the cast of “Divergent” click.
† The cast of the sci-fi film — including Shailene Woodley, Theo James, Zoe Kravitz, Miles Teller, Christian Madsen, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Amy Newbold, Ben Lamb and Jai Courtney — all trooped to the Girl and the Goat for a cast dinner Sunday night.
CREATIVE CONFAB: There will be some true star power at the “Voices of a Creative State” luncheon, benefitting the Arts Alliance Illinois. At the May 17 event at the Hilton Chicago, famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma will give a presentation about the powerful role the arts can and should make in the civic life of Illinois. Fay Hartog-Levin, who recently retired as our ambassador to the Netherlands, will be honored with the first “Citizen Advocate” award — recognizing her vision and civic leadership in providing heightened visibility to the value of the arts.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Joan W. Harris will be the luncheon’s honorary chairs, with the event being co-chaired by Pamela Crutchfield and Kassie Davis.
SEEN ON THE SCENE: TV legends Marion Ross and Ed Asner, plus Vicki Lewis (“NewsRadio”), dined at Harry Caray’s on Kinzie while in town for a staged reading of “I’ve Got a Life in Kalamazoo” — the sitcom they are pitching to networks. … Gary Sinise, joined by wife Moira Harris and daughter Sophia Sinise, both starring in Steppenwolf’s “The Birthday Party,” lunched at O’Brien’s in Old Town on Friday. … J’Marcus Webb and his agent, Kendall Cooper, were spied munching on some of the delish cupcakes at Lawrence Deans Bake Shop in Wilmette. … Fans of Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham happily spied the rocker at RL. … While in town for a Scripps Networks event, Kimberly Schlapman, Debi Mazar and her husband, Cooking Channel “Extra Virgin” co-host Gabriele Corcos, and HGTV’s twins Jonathan and Drew Scott (“Property Brothers”) were all spotted at the Wit hotel. … Recent Gibsons on Rush sightings have included the Knicks’ Jason Kidd, his coach Mike Woodson, TNT broadcaster and former top NBA coach Mike Fratello, and Walter Jacobson. … Mastro’s diners this past week included Carlos Boozer, Nate Robinson, Jimmy Butler and Aramis Ramirez. … Ex-Cubbie (and current Milwaukee Brewer) Tom Gorzelanny stopped in Hub 51 for lunch. … San Francisco Giants pitcher George Kontos’ Chicago restaurant of choice was Joe’s Stone Crab on Friday.