Kim Kardashian has long been an outspoken advocate for the recognition of the 1915 Armenian Genocide in tweets and blog posts, but this time the reality TV star took the cause to the camera to raise even more awareness about the atrocities.
A public service announcement video featuring Kardashian debuted at the Glendale City Council meeting Tuesday, reports the Los Angeles Times. In the video, she explains that 1.5 million Armenian men, women and children were killed at the hands of the Ottoman Turks through death marches and large-scale massacres.
"Please join us in commemorating the loss of those innocent lives of millions of people worldwide," said Kardashian in the film, adding, "those who cannot remember past are condemned to repeat."
Glendale councilman Ara Najarian, who recently invited Kardashian to be his honorary chief of staff after she seemed to express interest in running for Glendale Mayor, approved of the video.
"That is the one and only Kim Kardashian," Najarian said to the LA Times. "I don't think anyone can bring too much publicity to the Armenian genocide."
Last week on April 24, during the commemorative anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, Kardashian tweeted to her 14.5 million followers about the issue.
Today lets all stand together & remember the 1.5 million people who were massacred in the Armenian Genocide. April 24th, 1915. #NEVERFORGET— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) April 24, 2012
The year before that, Kardashian was surprised to find herself on the cover of Turkish Cosmopolitan. On her blog, she explained why she didn't appreciate appearing on the magazine's cover during the month of the Armenian Genocide anniversary.
My family and I are incredibly proud of our heritage. My dad taught me a lot about Armenian culture, and I have a strong connection with my roots. Every year, I honor the memory of the martyrs who were killed during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Even though so many countries around the world recognize the Genocide, the government of Turkey still denies it.
It happened before Rwanda, Darfur, and the Holocaust. Maybe none of those other genocides would have happened if more nations had condemned the Armenian Genocide, when 1.5 million Armenians were massacred.