Kim Kardashian Slams Wall Street Journal For Ad Denying Armenian Genocide
Kim Kardashian slammed the Wall Street Journal as “reckless” for running an ad that denied the 1915 Armenian Genocide. She further expressed that the publication profiting from the Armenian genocide was “shameful.”
On Wednesday, the reality star, who is of Armenian descent, posted a lengthy message on her blog that began, “Money talks, and right now it’s talking sh*t.” Kardashian continued, “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.”
Kardashian, who commemorated the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide on social media just a few days ago, took particular issue with the ad claiming the number of deaths in 1915 was not as high as historians say and that the Armenian people were to blame for the tragedy. “For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous. It’s one thing when a sh*tty tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide — it’s shameful and unacceptable,” wrote the reality star.
Kardashian also blasted the paper’s explanation for why it chose to run the ad. The Wall Street Journal told Gawker, “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 reality star blasted the publication for taking the ad from FactCheck Armenia, a pro-Turkey group that speaks out against the genocide. She wrote, “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?”
The riled-up reality star ended her blog post by urging others to continue speaking about the atrocities the Armenian people faced. “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,” concluded Kardashian.