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Justin Bieber's Guitarist Passionately Defends His Anne Frank Comments

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Justin Bieber's band members belieb!!!

A slew of A-list supporters have come to The Biebs' defense following his super controversial Anne Frank comment and now Bieby's very own musical director and guitarist, Dan Kanter, has stepped into the spotlight to defend his boss!

After Justin wrote "truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber" in the Anne Frank House guestbook, many have declared his words insensitive to the Holocaust icon, but his musical backup is playing a VERY different tune.

The musician wrote:

"As a proud and practicing Jewish person, this topic hits close to home. Therefore I feel it necessary to comment on these malicious media attacks against my boss and friend. What Justin wrote in the Anne Frank House guestbook was not ignorant or disrespectful - it was in fact thoughtful and profound."

Did Bieby give you a bonus to say this??! We kid, we kid.

Seriously though, we believe JB meant no harm, but "profound" is a bit extreme.

To each their own we suppose! LOLz.

Now can we finally move on?!

Ch-ch-check out the rest of Dan's open letter …AFTER THE JUMP!!!

"To anyone who was offended or has written critically on Justin's message in the Anne Frank House guestbook,

As a proud and practicing Jewish person, this topic hits close to home. Therefore I feel it necessary to comment on these malicious media attacks against my boss and friend.

What Justin wrote in the Anne Frank House guestbook was not ignorant or disrespectful - it was in fact thoughtful and profound. Having grown up in a Jewish family in addition to attending Hebrew day school and Jewish summer camp, the Holocaust is a topic I have studied extensively. When conceptualizing the events of the Holocaust, it is common to imagine ourselves and our loved ones in the places where people were persecuted by the Nazis. This is to forge a personal connection with those who suffered — so that we remember, and of course so that it never happens again. When I was 14 years old and watched Schindler's List for the first time, I imagined my own grandparents being taken away and killed because they were too old and weak to work. When I watched The Pianist, I imagined my own family being taken from our houses with little-to-no belongings.

Last month when we were in Poland, the March of The Living set up a trip for me to visit the Nazi concentration and death camps, Auschwitz and Birkenau. When there, my guide encouraged me to once again envision myself and my loved ones as if we were among those who were imprisoned, tortured, and killed. When I saw the room full of shoes, a pair of children's shoes made me think of my brother. When I saw the room full of hair, strands of curly blonde hair made me think of my mother. When I stood in the blistering cold winter at the end of the train tracks in Birkenau - at the crossroads where families were broken apart — I imagined my own wife being torn from my arms. And when I stood in a gas chamber and saw hundreds of fingernail scratches strewn across the walls, I imagined myself, dying horrifically.

Anne Frank was 13 when she and her family went into hiding, and 16 when she died in a Nazi Concentration camp. Justin is 19 years old, only 3 years older than Anne was. Furthermore, everyday he meets hundreds of girls of the same age and performs for thousands more. The fact is: no one in the entire world has a stronger relationship with millions of teenage girls than Justin. Therefore, it only makes sense that he would connect with Anne this way. And when he learned that Anne was a fan of pop culture, his connection was that much greater. Justin wrote that he was inspired by Anne's brave and ultimately tragic story. In the same way that Anne reminded me of my teenage cousin when I first visited the Anne Frank House in 2008, Justin thought of the millions of Beliebers he cares so much about — and Anne Frank definitely would have been one of them.

Justin is the busiest person I know. He did not have to visit the Anne Frank House, but he did, and was moved by his experience. We are taught to study, commemorate and remember the events of the Holocaust so that they never happen again (לעולם לא עוד). But now, when one of the most famous people in the world visits the Anne Frank House, and is inspired by his visit, you attack him instead of applaud him for drawing exposure to the story of Anne Frank and the Holocaust. Justin is a 19 year-old who wrote what was to him a heartfelt comment to mark this life experience. To do as the media has done, is to distort, demean, and degrade his meaningful visit."

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13 comments to “Justin Bieber's Guitarist Passionately Defends His Anne Frank Comments”



  1. 1

    Thoughtful and profound? How about glib and shallow. But it is nice that Justin took the time to visit the Anne Frank house.



  2. 2

    I'm sorry I don't get the whole controversy around his comment in the guestbook, you shouild be able to write your thoughts about the visit in it. What I think is less respectful is that Justin Bieber stood up his Dutch fans by being late at his own concert….. That WERE Beliebers and he couldn't even get on time for that.

  3. AMtrenny515 says – reply to this


    3

    What is wrong with him hoping that someone so admired and respected as Anne Frank would admire him…it would, in a way, confirm that he his doing many things right and he is worthy of admiration as well. When you think someone is a good person, don't you want them to think the same of you?

  4. Lame says – reply to this


    4

    I'm Jewish and I thought it was extremely self-centered and thoughtless. I know this guy had to write this statement to defend his boss, but come on, he probably really thinks the kid is a brat too.

  5. AMtrenny515 says – reply to this


    5

    Re: Nijliej – He has played a show with a broken leg, performed through illness, and finished a concerts after throwing up on stage and passing out. Give him a break people…there must have been a very good explanation if he was late.

  6. Bruce Demma says – reply to this


    6

    Unfortunately, this fine letter is too long for most haters to read, let alone comprehend. As is the fact that Scooter Braun is also Jewish! Anyone with any objectivity would see that the young singer's use of the word 'hopefully' implies respect and admiration. Context is everything here.

  7. lala says – reply to this


    7

    Ok we get Perez, you want defend little Justin and paint him in a good light after what has happened lately. But just let this story die, it wasnt that interesting in the first place and you keep dragging it on and on and on, its almost as bad as you and the notreallyceleb women you keep posting and posting about.



  8. 8

    The reality is you shouldn't bring your own name up when discussing a political figure that doesn't have the ability to discuss their side. My friend met Reagan, but that doesn't give him the opportunity to say Reagan and I were best friends. Reagan probably wouldn't agree being that he only barely met him. So, to take someone who has symbolized the plight of people that have been victims of violence for their religious or cultural backgrounds, is pretty insane, and others have said, completely self-indulgent.



  9. 9

    Quick, find the nearest jew to stick up for me.



  10. 10

    then he is a passionate fool, while his comments were out of line, his photos, taken AGAINST site regs, were horribly inappropriate and disrespectful. fucking around like a 12 year old retarded fool in that facility is just wrong. he really should die now.



  11. 11

    Re: AMtrenny515 – fuck him.



  12. 12

    While yes…his comments came off as self centered and frankly a little weird. What the public wasn't aware of and later informed by the people who worked at The Ann Frank House was that there was a section of people that she admired. I don't remember if they were musicians or actors or both but it makes sense in that context. She was a great girl and NOBODY should every forget her, her ordeal and all of the others that suffered due to that atrocity.

  13. Sasha says – reply to this


    13

    Not offensive in the sense that it was malicious, but what is annoying is that Justin brought the subject back to himself. Me, me, me! Now I understand the "humble" joke (MTV awards) more.