Published on The Daily Femme – Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Contributed by Annamarya
On Monday, TMZ broke the news that Kim Kardashian is upset over the cover of Cosmo’s Turkish edition, according to sources “close” to reality TV celebrity. It’s not the visual itself that’s bothersome. Rather, it’s the unfortunate timing. Her shot is used for the cover of Cosmo Turkey’s April issue, the month in which the Armenian genocide took place nearly 100 years ago in what was then the Ottoman Empire.
According to TMZ, the photo that was used for the cover was part of a photo session Kardashian did with the magazine. Typically, writes tabloid side, the celebrity approves copies of the Cosmo covers using her image but this one was “mistakenly submitted.” In fact, Kardashian admits on her blog that she didn’t know the Turkish edition planned on running her story as a cover feature for April until Monday (in a turn of class, she also wrote that it’s a “huge honor” to be on the first ever Armenian Cosmo cover).
And she’s not the only one upset either. According to TMZ, Aram Hamparian, executive director of Armenian National Committee of America, told the site that the cover is ”disrespectful to Kim Kardashian and to all Armenians” and ”instead of trying to turn a profit in Turkey by callously featuring a cover photo of a descendant of Armenian Genocide survivors in its April issue, Cosmopolitanshould find creative ways to educate its readers about the Turkish government’s shameful effort to cover up this atrocity.”
It’s wholly understandable why Kardashian would be upset with the use of her image for the Turkish version. The “Keeping Up with the Kardashian” star is incredibly proud of her Armenian heritage, and using her photo for a magazine in a country that’s responsible for the deaths of nearly 1.5 million Armenians during and after World War I can be conceived as disrespectful, even if unintentional. The genocide, which is commemorated on April 24 as Genocide Remembrance Day, may have occurred almost a century ago, but that doesn’t make the wounds any less real, particularly for those descended from a nation targeted and murdered just because of who they are.
While Cosmo’s decision to use her image for the Turkish cover wasn’t done in malice, and they were “extremely apologetic” about the misstep according to E! Online, the editors should have been more careful in ensuring Kardashian’s approval for this particular issue. It’s moments like these that show how important it is to study and remember history.
That is not the worse of it, though. E! Online’s coverage of the situation surpasses any insensitivity Cosmo may have shown. While the article itself was bland, its accompanying headline, possibly written with sensationalism, “wit” and page clicks in mind, is absolutely dreadful: “Kim Kardashian’s Feathers Ruffled Over Cosmo’s Turkey of a Cover.” I don’t expect much from E! but, despite their lack of journalistic integrity, there is no justification for the editor’s senseless headline. In one line, they’ve managed to turn a serious issue and dark period in Armenian history into a laugh-less joke. By doing so they have actually weakened Kardashian’s powerful reaction, probably for the sake of drawing in readers. Honestly, what were they thinking?
And why haven’t more people called them out on it?