Anonymous said: Don't you think that having two teenagers kiss in a place as sacred as the Ann Frank house more than just a little bit offensive?
I’ve been getting this question a lot. I can’t speak for the movie, obviously, as I didn’t make it, but as for the book:
The Fault in Our Stars was the first non-documentary feature film to be granted access to the Anne Frank House precisely because the House’s board of directors and curators liked that scene in the novel a great deal. (A spokesperson recently said, “In the book it is a moving and sensitively handled scene.”)
Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League and a Holocaust survivor, had this to say: ”The kissing scene in ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ in the annex of the Anne Frank House is not offensive or against who Anne Frank was. What Anne communicated in her diary was hope. She celebrated life and she celebrated hope.”
Obviously, the Anne Frank House and the ADL do not have a monopoly on Anne’s life or her legacy, but their opinions are important to me.
Plus it was THE FIRST TIME that a girl kissed a boy in a teen romance I mean has that ever happened? Ever?
This is a good joke, and I enjoyed it. And I will take this opportunity to again apologize for saying a stupid and offensive thing.
But I do want to underscore that in the post above, I am talking about the book. In the book, Hazel does not kiss Gus. So if I wanted to congratulate myself for that, I couldn’t, because in the book, Hazel does not kiss Gus. (It’s not stated who, if anyone, kissed whom.)