Kim Kardashian Calls Out Armenian Genocide Deniers, Gets a Full-Page Ad in the NYT
In spite of her ability to spin 15 minutes of unflattering fame into a decade-long career for herself and handfuls of other people, Kim Kardashian West has a reputation as an air-head. The woman owns or has loaned her name to dozens of brands and companies, but she certainly plays up her persona as a self-absorbed dodo for ratings, then capitalizes on that, too.
Still, for those who choose to reach farther than the low-hanging fruit of Kardashian-hating, the woman’s depth is on full display. Beyond being a business mogul, she’s also a compassionate person. She was there to soften the blow when step-parent Caitlyn Jenner announced that she was trans, acting as activist and media liaison, and she has repeatedly spoken out about the Armenian genocide. (Father Robert Kardashian Sr. was, of course, Armenian.)
She’s was back at it again this weekend (sort of). As you’ll recall, earlier this year, the Wall Street Journal ran a full-page ad denying the Armenian Genocide. Kardashian countered in April, writing a blog post on her website. In the New York Times this Saturday, the Armenian Educational Foundation ran her post as a full-page ad.
— Aram Hamparian (@ANCA_DC) September 17, 2016
Highlights from the open letter include “Money talks and right now it’s talking crap,” and “My family and I are no strangers to BS in the press.”
She refused to link the organization that took out the original ad in WSJ, saying she didn’t want to drive traffic to their site, which insists that the genocide that killed 1.5 million people in Turkey is way overblown, never killed that many people, and was the Armenians’ fault anyway. (Remember: This was originally a blog post, so the hesitancy to include a link makes more sense in that context.) She questioned whether similar claims about the Holocaust or 9/11 would have ever made it to print. Here is a passage that stands out:
For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous,” she continued. “It’s one thing when a crappy tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide — it’s shameful and unacceptable. Why is it every time we take one forward, we take two steps back?
Finally, she quoted Adolf Hitler, who reportedly justified his own slaughter of millions by asking, “Who, after all, speaks today of the annihilation of the Armenians?”
“We do. We must,” wrote Kardashian.
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