Justin Bieber’s ongoing dominance of entertainment news headlines, most of which have been obsessively negative, has drawn some friendly advice from Mark Wahlberg.
While Wahlberg didn’t specifically mention the dramatic incidents on Bieber’s Believe tour, the battery allegations or the latest Anne Frank furor, the one time New Kids on the Block member had this to say about the Canadian teen.
“I think it’s best [for Bieber] to put down the phone and Twitter and all that stuff, and just be a little more low-key right now,” the actor told Vulture at the Tuesday premiere his latest film, Pain Gain. “Because they’re watching every move he makes, everything he says, and less is more. Go take a vacation.”
Given that Wahlberg is friendly with Bieber, it’s more than likely his comment is well intentioned and perhaps arrived at from his own experience of early fame.
Although he dropped out of N.K.O.B, Wahlberg became a founding member of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch in the 1980’s before moving into acting.
Wahlberg wasn’t the only one to weigh in on Bieber at the premiere.
Rapper 50 Cent added his — 50 cents — to the Anne Frank “belieber” debate, saying: “Hopefully she would have been a Belieber. She probably would have been [a Belieber].”
Ironically, 50 Cents’ remarks have now been echoed by Frank’s stepsister Eva Schloss.
“It’s so childish,” the 83-year-old told the UK’s Telegraph, referring to the row over Bieber’s guestbook comment. “She [Frank] probably would have been a fan. Why not? He’s a young man and she was a young girl, and she liked film stars and music. They make a lot of fuss about everything that is connected with Anne Frank.”
Those who have already read Frank’s celebrated diaries will know the then 13-year-old was interested in the celebrities and film stars of her day such as Greta Garbo and Ray Milland. “Movie stars are in a terrible disarray and are dying to be straightened out,” a young Frank wrote.
Schloss and Frank were not stepsisters in life, or especially close friends during their time together as German-Jewish refugees in pre-war Amsterdam, but they became step-siblings after Frank’s father Otto married Schloss’ mother Fritzi in 1953.
Recalling Frank, the now London based Schloss said:
“We used to play together, skipping and sitting on the steps together by our apartments. Anne was very lively but I was more shy. I was good in sports but she was more intellectually developed, quite interested in clothes and boys.”
In July 1942, Frank, her family and another family hid in the attic above their house to escape detection in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam but were discovered in 1944. Anne later died in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at the age of 15 in March 1945. Of the entire family only Otto survived, and he later published the diaries Anne wrote while in hiding.
Schloss’ rather chiding remarks will add weight to the mounting defenses of Bieber’s innocently intended guestbook entry, made when the singer paid an after-hours visit to the Anne Frank House museum last Friday.
The 19-year-old wrote: “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”
Although Bieber is on tour so obviously can’t take a vacation just yet, do you think he should stop posting on Instagram and Twitter as Wahlberg suggests?