Kim Kardashian has slammed the Wall Street Journal for publishing an ad promoting Armenian Genocide denial website FactCheckArmenia.com on the international Armenian Genocide remembrance day last week. The full-page ad was paid for by Turkic Platform and features a leading statement of “Truth = Peace” and an explanation of the genocide remembrance day as a commemoration of “the destructive conflict which is known as the 1915 tragedy”.
Kim Kardashian, a passionate advocate for acknowledgement of the Armenian Genocide, has called the WSJ’s inclusion of the ad “reckless, upsetting and dangerous,” and argues that the website downplays and denies that the deaths of up to 1.5 million Armenians during the First World War were the result of genocide on the Ottoman Empire’s part.
Kardashian slammed the WSJ for publishing the ad which promotes denial of the Armenian genocide in a considered, lengthy post on her self-named blog.
“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?” wrote Kim.
“For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous.”
Fact Check Armenia claims that, in fact, the Armenian people started the conflict and that fewer than 1.5 million people died. Controversy surrounding the Armenian Genocide also arises around the world because countries such as Kardashian’s own country of residence, the United States, have joined Turkey in not acknowledging the genocide either. The Daily Mail reports that some states recognize the Armenian genocide but that President Obama has omitted the term “genocide” when discussing the mass murder of holocaust-like proportions.
“As of February 2015, 44 of the United States have recognized the Armenian genocide, according to the ANI. The country as a whole, however, has not given it recognition,” said the Daily Mail.
A Wall Street Journal representative responded via Gawker after Kim Kardashian slammed the WSJ for publishing an ad promoting an Armenian Genocide denial website.
“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 Wall Street Journal told Gawker when asked about their motives for publishing the ad on Armenian Genocide remembrance day.
Turkic Platform, the commissioner of the ad for which Kim Kardashian slammed the WSJ for publishing due to its promotion of Armenian genocide denial, seeks to preserve and celebrate Turkish history and the people of diverse ethnic heritage that call the eastern-European nation home. This would include at least two “Turkic movements” arising from the denial of sovereignty and allegations of genocide and mass discrimination against the Turkish empire: the Armenian people and the Kurdish people of the former Kurdistan.
“Advocating the denial of a genocide by the country responsible for it—that’s not publishing a “provocative viewpoint,” that’s spreading lies,” wrote Kim.
“It’s one thing when a s***ty tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide — it’s shameful and unacceptable,” Kim Kardashian added to her impassioned blog post about the Armenian Genocide. “Why is it that every time we take one step forward, we take two steps back?”
“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,” wrote Kim, the daughter of an Armenian immigrant, Robert Kardashian.
As Kim Kardashian slammed the WSJ for publishing an ad promoting the Armenian Genocide denial website, she reminded the public that many scholars believe that, if Turkey had been held responsible for the mass extermination of Armenian people after World War I, the holocaust in Nazi Germany during World War II would not have occurred.
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