Justin Bieber is once again airing his thoughts on history-making figures. With about as much success as he did last time.
"Boyfriend" singer Bieber, who caught heat last month when he wondered whether Anne Frank would have been a fan of his, has now turned his gaze toward anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.
Bieber's deep thoughts on Mandela? He's "the man."
Bieber, who played a show in the South African city of Cape Town on Wednesday, fired up his Twitter account on Thursday to say how impressed he was with the population — and, in particular, Mandela, who became the president of South Africa after decades of battling the country's racist apartheid system.
"Love to the Capetown fans," Bieber wrote in one tweet, along with a series of photos in which he poses with fans.
Actually, it could be argued that Mandela has spent the majority of his life fighting the man…
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That tweet was accompanied by the hashtag #BELIEVE, which is the name of his latest album and tour. Because what's the point of awkwardly praising a person who altered the course of history, if you can't work a little self-promotion in?
Bieber, 19, drew fire in April, when he visited the Anne Frank House museum in Amsterdam and wrote in the guestbook that he hoped Frank, who died in a Nazi concentration camp, "would have been a Belieber" — a slang term for fans of the singer.
"Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a Belieber," Bieber wrote.
News of Bieber's Anne Frank comment sparked widespread criticism online in forums such as Facebook and, yes, Twitter.