Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais and Justin Bieber

Ricky Gervais has weighed in on the Justin Bieber flap about comments the pop star wrote in the guest book after he visited the Anne Frank house in Amsterdam.

Gervais tweeted: “I agree with Justin Bieber. Anne Frank would’ve loved his stuff. It’s perfect for being played really really quietly so no one can hear it.”

Then he tweeted: “30 million illiterate teenage girls are now crying and cutting and asking google “Who is this bloody Anne woman that Justin likes so much?”

On Friday, during his European concert tour – where’s had a hard time keeping up his pants – Bieber visited the cramped attic rooms in Amsterdam where Anne Frank hid from the Nazis. The house is a popular tourist spot and is now filled with Frank family memorabilia, photographs and documents.

Bieber wrote this on the site’s guest book: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

The tourist site shared his message on its official Facebook page. It’s been picked up everywhere. The Anne Frank house has been blindsided. Nothing could have prepared them for the brouhaha that has erupted, with everyone from broadcasters on the nightly news to Whoopi Goldberg on “The View” throwing in their two cents.

The Anne Frank house must be feeling guilty and this morning they came to the Canadian pop singer’s defense with this post on their Facebook page:

“The Anne Frank House was pleased to welcome Justin Bieber to the Anne Frank House last Friday. 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.”

My first reaction to Bieber’s comments were just how self-centered is this kid? It’s very unusual, of course, for teenagers to think the world revolves around them.

But then I realized, as Gervais tweeted, most teenagers nowadays probably don’t even know who Anne Frank was. And for anyone who has read her diaries, it’s evident how much she loved life and what a perfectly normal teenage girl she was.

I’m for anything that reminds people what a “great girl” she was, how perfectly ordinary, and of the extraordinary circumstances that took away her life.

Gervais can have the last word here. He later tweeted, “On a serious note: I think we should remember that Bieber wasn’t being nasty. He’s a prat, but not evil. Just a bit gimp.”

Gervais also threw in: “Joan of Arc was a great girl. I hope she would have been a Gervatheist.

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Paula Schwartz
Paula Schwartz is a veteran journalist based in New York who is passionate about the movies. Her idea of heaven is watching three movies in a row. She’s written for various outlets, including the New York Times, Showbiz411, More and MovieMaker Magazine. For five seasons, she contributed to the New York Times seasonal movie blog, Carpetbaggers, where she covered major awards events and interviewed stars like Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Gary Oldman and Helen Mirren.


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