Kim Kardashian Criticizes Wall Street Journal for Running Ad Denying Armenian Genocide
The Armenian reality star criticized the ad as "reckless, upsetting and dangerous."
Kim Kardashian is on the offensive against The Wall Street Journal for publishing a full-page advertisement that denies the Armenian Genocide.
In a post published to her self-titled website on Wednesday, the Armenian reality star criticized the ad as "reckless, upsetting and dangerous." It was printed in the newspaper on April 20, 2016 — four days prior to the genocide's 100-year remembrance.
"The ad was paid for by Turkic Platform. I won't list the group's website, as I don't want to give them the traffic, but basically they say that not as many people died as historians say, and that the Armenians were to blame," Kardashian wrote in the blog post titled "The Armenian Genocide."
The paid advertisement features "Truth = Peace" in large, black, bold text on the center of the page, with "stop the allegations" and "FactCheckArmenia.com" on the top right of the add.
"For the Wall Street Journal to publish something like this is reckless, upsetting and dangerous. It's one thing when a shitty tabloid profits from a made-up scandal, but for a trusted publication like WSJ to profit from genocide — it's shameful and unacceptable," she continued.
When contacted for comment, a Journal spokesperson referred The Hollywood Reporter to a prior statement saying that the paper runs "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."
Kardashian noted that though she and her family members are well-versed with the media and "are no strangers to BS in the press," she believes that the WSJ's decision to print the ad is "spreading lies."
"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 35-year-old questioned readers.
"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," she concluded. "We have to do better than this."