Kim Kardashian is often criticised for not using her world platform to lend her voice to any worthwhile causes. She has such a huge fan base that one recommendation from her can sell out a product in hours. While Kim may support charities or donate money behind closed doors, she is definitely no Angelina Jolie in the public’s eyes.
Perhaps this is all about to change. Today on her website she posted a political piece that is so unlike her. Here’s what is said:
Money talks, and right now it’s talking shit.
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.
The ad was paid for by Turkic Platform. I won’t list the group’s website, as I don’t want to give them the traffic, but basically they say that not as many people died as historians say, and that the Armenians were to blame.
For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous. It’s one thing when a shitty 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 that every time we take one step forward, we take two steps back?
Gawker asked the Wall Street Journal why they would run an ad like this. Their response was: “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.”
Advocating the denial of a genocide by the country responsible for it—that’s not publishing a “provocative viewpoint,” that’s spreading lies. 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?
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. When we allow ourselves to be silenced by money, by fear and by power, we teach our children that truth is irrelevant. We have to be responsible for the message we pass on to our children. We have to honor the TRUTH in our history so that we protect their future. We have to do better than this. KIM
Kim Kardashian’s father Robert was Armenian, and the family still identifies themselves as part-Armenian. In fact. in 2015 Kim Kardashian and sister Khloe, accompanied by Kim’s husband, Kanye West, and their daughter, North, travelled to Armenia and attended the 100 year memorial for the victims of the Armenian Genocide.
At the time, the world’s media attention was focused on Armenia and it’s people. For Armenia, which is still waiting for Turkey to recognise the genocide of Armenian people in 1915, Kim Kardashian’s visit was a godsend.
I think this is a step in the right direction for Kim. She has the power to inform and educate so many young people that follow her and hang on every word she says. I can guarantee you that today because of her post, a lot more people know about Armenia and it’s history. Whether you agree with her or not, it’s definitely a positive sign to see her promoting something other than herself.
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