With all the upset that Justin Bieber’s (now infamous) comment from the guest book at the Anne Frank House has caused, it’s hard to believe that some good may have come from it.
After visiting the Anne Frank House last Friday the popstar (seemingly moved by his visit) jotted down:
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
The last line created a great deal of controversy--just about every news house imaginable has covered the statement that many deemed to be a very offensive piece of self-promotion in a very sacred place.
But, according to SPIN, in the days following the press coverage of the incident “Anne Frank” quickly became the No. 1 Google search term worldwide.
And while it may activate your gag reflex to think that there were millions of kids who actually needed to look up Anne Frank on Google, the sudden interest is a good thing.
Even the Anne Frank House agrees. An official post on their Facebook today read:
“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.”
And let’s not forget that Anne was (as is common for any teenage girl) quite taken by the teen heartthrobs of her time. It’s honestly quite possible that, if she were a 15-year-old girl alive today, Anne would have indeed been a Belieber.