JUSTIN Bieber is facing a public backlash for writing a self-promoting message in the guestbook of the Anne Frank House - declaring the hope that the Holocaust victim "would have been a belieber".
In an update posted on the official Facebook feed of the Anne Frank House, it emerged that 19-year-old Bieber visited the Amsterdam museum on Friday night, with his entourage, and wrote: "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber."
The comment provoked dismay on social networking websites with many criticising him for what they regarded as a crass attempt to associate himself with one of the faces of the Holocaust. 'Belieber' is the term for devoted fans of the Canadian singer, the majority of whom are teenage or pre-teen girls.
One of the comments described his entry in the guestbook as "shallow and self-serving."
"He obviously has no clue what a solemn opportunity he had in visiting The House," one user, Penny Holland, wrote on Facebook.
Others described it as "immature and disgusting."