Kim Kardashian West has taken out a full-page ad in the New York Times slamming the Wall Street Journal for publishing an ad earlier in the year which denied the Armenian Genocide.
— Aram Hamparian (@ANCA_DC) September 17, 2016
The Armenian Genocide was the systematic extermination of 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915. The current government of Turkey – the successor state to the Ottoman Empire – does not accept the term ‘genocide’ for what transpired, and many Turkish lobbying groups work hard to change that perception internationally.
It’s also the one political issue on which Kim K is very, very outspoken – unsurprising given that the Kardashian clan are of Armenian descent through father Robert Kardashian. Kim describes the publication of the ad by the WSJ “reckless” and “morally irresponsible”. She writes:
Many historians believe that if Turkey had been held responsible for the Armenian genocide, and reprimanded for what they did, the Holocaust may not have happened. In 1939, a week before the Nazi invasion of Poland, Hitler said, ‘Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?’ We do. We must. We must talk about it until it is recognized by our government because when we deny our past, we endanger our future.
The original WSJ ad was published back in April, and Kardashian issued a short statement via her wildly popular app, which was altered and republished in this new ad.
My family and I are no strangers to BS in the press. We’ve learned to brush it off. Lies make good headlines, good headlines make great covers, great covers sell magazines. But when I heard about this full-page ad that ran in the Wall Street Journal denying the Armenian genocide, I couldn’t just brush it off.
Honestly? Good shit. You can rip on the Kardashians all you like for being the icons of self-obsessed 21st century vapidity – and it is indeed your right to do so – but their advocacy on this issue is pretty welcome. It’s not an issue that gets a lot of airplay among celebrities, and if it’s getting her fans to think about it, then great.
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