Kim Kardashian, whether you hate her, you love her, or you love to hate-watch her, certainly gets a lot of attention. However, much of it is negative, with detractors criticizing her looks, her media overexposure, and her tendency to profit off a celebrity status that she earned through a x tape and a reality show empire. But is Kim really the worst? Below are 10 things Kim has done that have made a positive impact in the world…
10She has promoted awareness of the Armenian genocide
Kim Kardashian has used the media to promote many things: beauty products, clothes, vitamins, and even prescription drugs, a viral marketing attempt that earned her a warning from the FDA. However, in addition to the social media campaigns that have lined her pockets, Kim has used the media to advocate for something more surprising: recognition for the 1915 Armenian genocide. The United States, among other countries, does not recognize the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians after their expulsion from Turkey as a genocide, something the reality show star, who is of Armenian descent, has sought to change.
In addition to posts on social media, Kim unsuccessfully campaigned for President Obama to refer to these deaths as “genocide,” saying that her efforts to bring attention to the issue stems from the fact that, “We have this spotlight to bring attention to it, so why would we just sit back.” In 2015, the 100 year anniversary of the genocide, Kim, Kanye, North, and Khloe all traveled to Armenia, a trip that brought more attention to the cause, as it was featured on an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians and included a visit to Armenia’s Genocide Memorial in Yerevan.
Additionally, the star allowed her words to be used in a 2016 full-page ad in the New York Times, slamming the Wall Street Journal’s decision to accept ads from those who deny the Armenian genocide as, “totally morally irresponsible.” Kim’s attempts to bring attention to a largely forgotten chapter of history, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands that occurred, show that she has a conscience and that she can use her command of social (and offline) media for important causes, in addition to highlighting the products she hawks.