Kim Kardashian Speaks Up for Recognition of the Armenian Genocide
In Saturday’s New York Times, public figure Kim Kardashian bought a full page advert in which she criticized the denial of the Armenian Genocide. Her action was in response to an ad from the Wall Street Journal from April 20th, which was sponsored by Turkic Platform. The Wall Street Journal ad displayed large letters that read “Truth = Peace”, citing the Armenian Genocide as “the conflict of 1915” where both Armenian and Turkish lives were lost. The website listed is FactCheckArmenia.com. Not only does the ad deny the Armenian Genocide, but it suggests that Armenians were to blame for the tragedy.
Kim Kardashian’s ad in the New York Times blasts this anti-Armenian ad. Her headline reads “Genocide Denial Cannot Be Allowed”. In addition to denouncing the ad itself, she condemns the Wall Street Journal, stating that their publication of this ad was “reckless, upsetting, and dangerous”. She mentions the response of the Wall Street Journal to criticism in regards to the ad, which stated that the publication aims to produce a diverse array of ads, including those with “provocative viewpoints”. However, Kim insists that this advert promotes “spreading lies”. She concludes her advert by stating the importance of recognizing the Armenian Genocide. She implores, “We must talk about it until it is recognized by our government because when we deny our past, we endanger our future.”
Kim Kardashian, of Armenian descent, has been a powerful advocate for mourning the Armenian Genocide. She has used her platform as an immensely famous celebrity to voice the tragedy of the genocide on her reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians”. In April of 2015, she and her sister Khloe Kardashian visited Armenia. They broadcasted their vacation on their show, including their visit to a memorial for the genocide in Armenia and articulating the extent to which Armenian lives were lost.
This issue raises the question of what publications should send out to their readers. While the Wall Street Journal’s ideology of producing diverse content has some value to it, a publication should ensure that all of their content meets certain criteria. Kardashian’s main concern involves the idea of a publication “spreading lies”. A large audience would have seen the advert in the Wall Street Journal. As a result, perhaps some members of that audience would have shifted their opinions to fall into the trap of denying the Armenian Genocide.
A publication should produce pieces and show adverts that begin a dialogue. Any controversial issue warrants a multitude of opinions. By providing content that displays diverse views, a publication fosters an environment where readers make their own judgments and formulate their own opinions. However, the Armenian Genocide is not up for interpretation. There should be no arguments about it, no discussion. In promoting an organization whose goal is to deny this tragedy, the Wall Street Journal contributed to an atmosphere of untruth.