(JTA) — Justin Bieber was being criticized for writing in the guestbook at the Anne Frank House that he hoped she "would have been a Belieber."
The American pop star on Friday night spent more than an hour at the museum in Amsterdam before writing in the guest book, "Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber."
The message was posted by staff of the museum on its Facebook page.
Bieber visited the museum before playing a concert in nearby Arnhem.
Many of the hundreds of comments on the Anne Frank House Facebook page chastised Bieber for what they characterized as his insensitive remarks.
TMZ cited an unnamed source as saying that Bieber wrote his Belieber comment after learning that Anne Frank was very interested in pop culture of her time.