The reality star may be best known for her curvaceous figure and famous family, but she’s quickly becoming known for standing up for her Armenian heritage.
A new ad in the New York Times from the Armenian Educational Foundation, which originally ran as a blog on Kardashian West’s website, opens with the celebrity saying that she and her family are no strangers to brushing off lies and BS in the press, but but a recent Wall Street Journal ad was not something she could just ignore.
Calling out the WSJ for ‘spreading lies,’ Kardashian West goes on to say that many historians believe that had the Armenian genocide been properly labelled as such at the time, it may have stopped the Holocaust. The TV star goes on to urge people to not deny the past, and instead focus on the truth in order to protect the future.
— Aram Hamparian (@ANCA_DC) September 17, 2016
The offending ad in question ran in the Wall Street Journal on April 20, denouncing the Armenian genocide of 1915. The ad refuses to acknowledge the event, which left 1.5 million Armenian people dead at the hands of the Ottoman empire, a genocide. Instead the full page spread, a paid advertisement, blames the Armenia people for hating Turkey.
— Gary Bass (@Gary__Bass) April 20, 2016
The Wall Street Journal responded to outcry over the ad, saying, “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.” It was a response that has fallen on deaf ears for the people of Armenia and their descendants, including Kardashian West, whose great-grandparents left the country shortly before the genocide.
This isn’t the first time Kardashian West has used her platform to bring awareness to the Armenian genocide or to the country’s rich heritage. During last season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Kim and her sister Khloe along with Kim’s husband Kanye West traveled to Armenia to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the tragic historical event. Kardashian West has also previously urged President Obama to acknowledge the 1915 event as a genocide, an act the Canadian government did in 2015.