When a modern teen icon interfaces with a teen icon whose posthumous “fame” awakens humanity to the injustice of genocide, one must seize upon the opportunity.
Friends, it is not every day that Justin Bieber visits the Anne Frank House nor does he frequently sign Ms. Frank’s guest book so eloquently, wishing intimately that Anne would have been a “Belieber.” Note that this term is, in fact, forever etched into said guest book, begging commentary in every social media arena. Comedians have found new fodder. Jeff Ross tweets that Anne would likely have not been a Belieber, but rather a Ke$ha girl. Amy Schumer tweets “Dear Kitty, I know I should focus on the certain genocide we are all facing, but Joey from New Kids is too dreamy #belieber.” Well played, Ms. Schumer, well played. I wonder: would Ms. Frank have had her own hash tag?
Regardless, after a day of contemplation and soul-searching, I beg to differ with Mr. Ross; I beliebe Anne would have been a Belieber. And perhaps, if we may beliebe in this, we may also beliebe that Justin’s allure might have been potent enough, even in war, to penetrate Adolf’s ears so that he might have hummed an occasional Bieber hymnal to himself. And, perhaps, even in war, such emotion flowing from Justin’s lips might have softened the hardest of white supremacists and appealed to Adolf’s better sensibilities, thereby giving him pause before initiating his Final Solution. Friends, indeed, if our celebrity idols could have such impact, if North Korea and the United States may potentially find common ground in Dennis Rodman, might not have Ms. Frank and her kin and the six million Jews of Europe been spared? Could Bieber have deliebered victims of the Holocaust to safety had he been born multiple generations earlier?