Chances are you think Kim Kardashian, like many reality TV stars, is dumb.
It’s cruel to say and even more cruel to think, but the fact of the matter is so many stars that have made their name through reality TV are portrayed that way by TV and the media, often to stir up more drama and publicity, but also to give them the appearance of being harmless.
And, of course, Kim Kardashian is at the very top of her game.
But it only takes a few moments of analyzing the Kardashian empire to realize they must be doing something right. In fact, in so many moments of Keeping Up with the Kardashians as well as other shows like I Am Cait, we are able to catch a glimpse of perhaps the true personalities of Kim, Khloé, Kourtney, Kris, and the rest of the family, and that’s when it hits us: There must be more to these human beings than just glamour and fame.
Kim reminded us of her thoughtful, empathetic, and even political side several times over the past 15 months, all revolving around an issue particularly important to her life as well as a disturbingly dark moment in the pages of history: the Armenian Genocide.
Though only acknowledged by a minority of people and countries, this was among the first organized mass killings of a specific race in history, and along with the Holocaust, it inspired Raphael Lemkin to coin the term ‘genocide’ in the 1940s. Sadly, there are those would refuse to believe that the killings ever happened as historians have described; even the United States does not formally acknowledge the event for fear of geopolitical pushback from Turkey.
But when one group published an ad denying the Armenian Genocide in the Wall Street Jounral, Kim K couldn’t stay silent.
Here’s what she had to say…
The Armenian Genocide
From her early days of both fame and infamy, Kim Kardashian-West was so identifiable because of her stunning looks. Kardashian has an exotic, Armenian beauty, which along with her passions and dedication to family, reminds us of her roots: her great-great-grandparents emigrated from Kars, in present-day Turkey. For this reason of personal identity, Kim is an advocate of Armenian Genocide recognition as well as an outspoken enemy of genocide deniers.
Sadly, even though Kim lives in the country with the second-largest population of Armenians outside of Armenia, the US Government still does not formally acknowledge the Armenian Genocide of 1915, in which 1.5 million Armenians were systematically deported on death marches into the desert and to concentration camps as well as raped, robbed, massacred, and murdered by the Ottoman government. Many Armenians were killed with poison, toxic gas, and purposefully-spread diseases; others were simply taken out to sea and thrown overboard. Today, most nations unwilling to formally recognize the genocide, such as the United States, refuse to do so largely because of political pressure from Turkey, which to this day completely refutes the use of the term “genocide,” claiming that the deaths of the Armenians were simply a byproduct of war and that there was never an intent to exterminate.
In 2015, Kim, Kanye, and her sisters visited the Armenian Genocide memorial in Yerevan, Armenia, to live some of their family history and show solidarity for the 100th anniversary of the terrifying event.
Kim’s patience was later tested in April 2016 when the Wall Street Journal published an ad for Fact Check Armenia, a genocide denial group. In response, she blogged, “For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous. 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?”
This weekend, she struck back even harder.