We live in a culture that ‘loves celebrity’ – this is not a good thing in my view, and sometimes it creates ‘monsters’.
This last weekend has seen frankly one of the most ill-judged comments by a celebrity for a long time. The celebrity? – Justin Bieber – apparently he is quite a popular Canadian singer, not one that I have really listened to (or intend to). My only knowledge of him to date is that recently he failed to turn up for some concerts at the O2 (he was hours late on stage). I don’t do late – it is rude and inconsiderate unless you have a very good excuse (and apparently he didn’t) – so not a good start for ‘the Bieber’ in my eyes!
The comment he left this weekend in the visitors book at Anne Frank’s house in Amsterdam was however unbelievable!
“Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
It is 68 years since Anne Frank died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, her story is a reminder to us all of the horror that was the holocaust. Something tells me that in 68 years time no one will remember who Justin Bieber was!
Obviously self publicity doesn’t stop with someone like Justin under any circumstances.