Why Justin Bieber Wishes Anne Frank Would Have Been a ‘Belieber’

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


Hollywoodites aren’t exactly known for their firm grasp of history. In Hollywood’s view, World War II was an aimless exercise (The Thin Red Line, Saving Private Ryan), the Vietnam War was an excuse for brutal white trash to go hog-wild (Platoon, Casualties of War), and JFK was shot by everybody but the Communists (JFK). But there is one thing Hollywoodites know: it’s all about them. That’s why there have been more movies made about McCarthyism than 9/11.

It’s also why this week, two A-list music stars demonstrated their complete ignorance and self-centeredness on a worldwide scale.

Justin Bieber, the 19-year-old out-of-nowhere pop phenom, visited Amsterdam, where he dropped by the Anne Frank House – the home where Jewish teenager Anne Frank hid with her family from the Nazis before being caught and sent to Bergen Belsen, where she died. On his way out, Bieber made sure to leave a note: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here.” So far, so good. Then: “Anne was a great girl.” Flippant, but passable. And finally the bombshell: “Hopefully she would have been a Belieber.”

Yes, even the murder of Jews in the Holocaust was all about Justin Bieber. In what world does it matter whether Anne Frank would have liked Justin Bieber’s music? Would she have been whistling it as the Germans packed her into a cattle car? Confronted with the true nature of evil, the Hollywood mentality says: if it doesn’t affect me, I don’t truly care very much.

But that was hardly the only massive historical ego trip of the week. Jay-Z, President Obama’s favorite rapper and hip-hop fundraiser, took a trip to Communist Cuba with his wife, Beyonce. The Treasury Department approved the trip, although everyone else in the Obama administration from Jay Carney to the State Department denied involvement.

Nonetheless, stung by criticism, Jay-Z cut a rap about his controversial trip. The track was replete with brilliant witticisms: “I done turned Havana to Atlanta”; “You gettin’ too much bread, they try to jam you / Boy from the hood but got White House clearance”; “Obama said ‘Chill, you gonna get me impeached’ / But you don’t need this s*** anyway”; “Politicians never did s*** for me / Except lie to me, distort history.”

But when it comes to historical distortion, Jay-Z needed no help from politicians: “I’m in Cuba, I love Cubans / This communist talk is so confusing.” Yes, communism is confusing. It’s not as though it can be summed up in 22 words or so: government ownership of the means of production, resulting in compulsory labor and redistribution of wealth, mass starvation, and murderous crackdowns on freedom.

Communism is confusing for those in Hollywood, but only when they want to travel to Cuba. In their everyday lives, they are the ultimate capitalists: they stash their cash in offshore accounts, rake in dough at incredible rates, and as Jay-Z raps, buy basketball teams: “Would’ve brought the Nets to Brooklyn for free / Except I made millions off it, you f***in’ dweeb / I still own the building, I’m still keeping my seat / Y’all buy that bulls***, you’d better keep y’all receipt.” Good thing Jay-Z doesn’t live in Cuba. He just travels there.

Ignorance is forgivable. Loud ignorance is obnoxious. Egotistic ignorance is unforgivable. And whether it’s Justin Bieber hoping that a murdered girl from the Holocaust could have heard his music or Jay-Z feigning confusion over a system that has murdered millions, Hollywood forgives, over and over again.

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  • JacksonPearson

    Justin Bieber, a 19-year-old irrelevant punk.

    • BigIrish

      Justine is pathetic…as a Canadian Im ashamed of him…U.S friends – please keep him there – hes all YOURS!

      • AuntiE

        I am compelled to ask, why do England and Canada send us all the trailer trash and keep your persons of dignity and grace? Do we really need Bieber and Peirs?

        • JacksonPearson

          "I am compelled to ask, why do England and Canada send us all the trailer trash and keep your persons of dignity and grace? Do we really need Bieber and Peirs?"

          Justin Bieber's a disaster, and just a matter of time until his demise.
          On Piers Morgan, I'd like to see him put on a raft and the azzhole floated back to Great Briton!

      • JacksonPearson

        "Justine is pathetic…as a Canadian Im ashamed of him…U.S friends – please keep him there – hes all YOURS"

        Thanks, but no thanks. Why so many hay wired Canadians?

  • objectivefactsmatter

    Hollywood freak show now free on the Internet for your entertainment.

    And if you lean left, free political advice.

  • davarino

    I guess, once you get to be famous, you start to believe your own BS. Justin started out a pretty good kid, now somebody has ruined him. It wouldnt supprise me if he winds up like cute little Lindsey.

    Jay Z? He's a grown up and should know better

  • Lyn

    Let's face facts – the boy is 19 and wouldn't even grasp the relevance of his foo par on such a serious issue as the Holocaust. In his mind he just thought if Anne were alive she might have been a huge fan of his music. I don't think he meant to offend or hurt anybody. The problem with many kids today is they they are flippant, lack a true sense of history, and have never had to struggle for survival. It would be an alien concept to them. So I am willing to give his boy a break and hope he learns from his mistake. Wouldn't it be better if somebody quietly explained to him rather than condemn?

    • Moishe Pupick

      Tu., 04/16/13

      Lyn is correct. J.B.'s gaffe is really small stuff, nothing about which to have a cow. Besides, I read that Anne Frank was a fan of some contemporary singers.

  • Jim_C

    19 years old, probably feeling a lot of pressure to "say something." It's the constant attention he gets and reportage of this that makes it dumb.

    I think my favorite version of this type of thing is Gene Simmons scanning the obituaries and bemoaning the loss of future royalties and ticket sales.

    • tagalog

      John Lennon: "We're (the Beatles) more popular than Jesus."

      And more leaden-brained than Beiber.

      • AjaxOfTheRockies

        Contrary to popular depiction, Lennon wasn't bragging about their popularity. He was lamenting the state of the culture. Find a video of the interview and you'll see (if you can actually be objective)

        • tagalog

          So it WASN'T a leaden-brained remark, is that what you're saying?

        • tagalog

          So it WASN'T a leaden-brained remark, is that what you're saying?

  • Omar

    Justin Bieber doesn't deserve to get any fame at all. A few years ago, he was just an ordinary teenager living in Canada making music. If he wanted to get where he is now, he should have worked hard like everyone else. There are other people who work hard and who deserve more fame.

  • stern

    Or maybe there's another way of looking at this: http://www.aish.com/sp/pg/Justin-Bieber–Anne-Fra

  • evy

    Justin Bieber, poor lost child. "what profit you gain the whole world, and lose your own soul?"

  • pinnie

    Another freak .. thinking he's not! I must say these creep never disapppoint.! Moms Dads…. talk to your kids..explain how "shallow" this little creep is…. then save your money!!

  • Alan

    immigrants are great for the country, moron; use the google;
    http://www.businessinsider.com...
    http://www.immigrationpolicy.o...
    http://mableton.11alive.com/ne...
    http://thinkprogress.org/econo...

    now stfu and go to a tractor pull–and btw, rip your head out of you know where

  • tagalog

    Communism IS indeed confusing to the Beyonce/J-Z type of mind: "If they want the ordinary people to be economically well off, how come the ordinary people live in poverty, and more and more of them wind up in prison, mental health facilities, and labor camps? And what's this about art that has to express social realism, whatever that is? I mean, it makes my head hurt…"

    They, their like, and Justin Beiber, live in a world where all of history must be self-referential, therefore it's not a surprise to see Beiber saying he wishes Ann Frank could have been a "Belieber." LIfe must always have included teenage heartthrobs.

  • EarlyBird

    Oh no! The OUTRAGE that some silly, narcissistic punk said something flippant about Anne Frank! And let's make sure we slime everyone in "Hollywood" while we're at it (really? Saving Ryan's Privates and Thin Red Line reduced WWII to "an aimless exercise"?).

    Horowitz: "Can't we somehow mention that Beiber is a member of the communist party, or a jihad denier?"

    Lawyers: That may not fly, Dave.

    • tagalog

      Well, "Thin Red Line" was Terence Malick's interpretation of a novel of a then-declining James Jones. It was decently photographed (but nothing like "Badlands" or "Days of Heaven"), though.

  • EarlyBird

    Oh no! The OUTRAGE that some silly, narcissistic punk said something flippant about Anne Frank! And let's make sure we slime everyone in "Hollywood" while we're at it (really? Saving Ryan's Privates and Thin Red Line reduced WWII to "an aimless exercise"?).

    Horowitz: "Can't we somehow mention that Beiber is a member of the communist party, or a jihad denier?"

    Lawyers: That may not fly, Dave.

  • Eva

    I mean, what do you expect from this idiot… Maybe Obama can map this guy's brain… What do you think we'll find there?.. Pot, pot and more pot. He can't even read sheet music… And yet our teenage children listen to his idiotic singing…

  • Suzanne

    I really don't think Justin Bieber meant anything bad. He probably was just trying to relate to Anne Frank as a teenaged girl.