Sure, Kim K grates a lot of people’s tits, but every now and then Kim Kardashian West pops on a fashionable political hat and shocks the world.
Her latest accomplishment is putting down those who believe that the death of masses of Armenians wasn’t a genocide.
You see, back in 1915 the Ottoman Empire exterminated 1,5 million Armenians.
Here’s a bit of background, thanks to the ever-informative Wikipedia:
The genocide was carried out during and after World War I and implemented in two phases: the wholesale killing of the able-bodied male population through massacre and subjection of army conscripts to forced labour, followed by the deportation of women, children, the elderly and infirm on death marches leading to the Syrian desert.
Driven forward by military escorts, the deportees were deprived of food and water and subjected to periodic robbery, rape, and massacre. Other indigenous and Christian ethnic groups such as the Assyrians and the Ottoman Greeks were similarly targeted for extermination by the Ottoman government, and their treatment is considered by some historians to be part of the same genocidal policy.
Most Armenian diaspora communities around the world came into being as a direct result of the genocide.
Currently, only the governments of Turkey and Azerbaijan deny that there was an Armenian genocide, and the United States has avoided taking sides.
Let’s take it back to Kim.
This past weekend, Kim took out an ad in the New York Times, targeting an organisation who had placed an ad in The Washington Post earlier this year (below image). The Daily Beast explains:
The WSJ spot links to a website that attempts to downplay the number of Armenians who were rounded up and murdered by the Ottoman government. When questioned on their decision to feature a genocide denial in their well-respected paper, WSJ responded, “We accept a wide range of advertisements, including those with provocative viewpoints. While we review ad copy for issues of taste, the varied and divergent views expressed belong to the advertisers.
The full page ad that Kim took out featured a few hard-hitting points:
“Money talks, and right now it’s talking crap.
“My family and I are no strangers to BS in the press. 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.”
Kardashian went after the group behind the ad, Turkic Platform, the best way she knows how—by refusing to list their website, thus robbing them of the crucial clicks generated by a Kim Kardashian shout-out. Instead, she directed the bulk of her ire towards the Wall Street Journal, writing, “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…It’s totally morally irresponsible and, most of all, it’s dangerous. If this had been an ad denying the Holocaust, or pushing some 9/11 conspiracy theory, would it have made it to print?”
Here’s the full ad:
Kim father’s side of the family is of Armenian descent, and her great-great-grandparents immigrated to America in 1914, right before the genocide.
Kim first visited the country with her sister Khloe, Kanye West, and their daughter North in 2015. She has subsequently become an ambassador for the country. The Daily Beast elaborates on the story:
The Kardashians’ emotional return was documented in an episode of their reality TV show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, offering viewers a welcome relief from on-screen enemas and half-hour long salad subplots. The sisters visited the Armenian Genocide Museum and met with Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan. Coinciding with the centennial of the 1915 mass killings, the Kardashians’ trip brought unprecedented global attention to the issue.
Kim Kardashian cemented her role as an unofficial Armenian ambassador with a subsequent Time essay, in which she pushed Turkey to recognize the mass killings and urged President Obama to publicly use the word “genocide,” writing, “I will continue to ask the questions and fight for the genocide to be recognized for what it was.”
Still hating? Well, to be fair, while everyone hates on Kim Kardashian it’s pretty shitty when they don’t acknowledge she is doing something to make the world a better place.
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