Kim Kardashian in Turkey’s Agenda: From Her Armenian Roots to “Lahmacun”

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After our latest article, we are now before you with another world-famous celebrity name: Kim Kardashian. She is, actually, more than a name. The world star is more likely to represent or symbolizing a brand, which she actually has as a shapewear company. However, she is, of course, more than that!

Kim Kardashian has four children from her husband Kanye West. (Image Credit-Hello Magazine)
Kim Kardashian has four children from her husband Kanye West. (Image Credit-Hello Magazine)

Kim Kardashian and her family, “Kardashians” are always on the agenda with their lifestyle, political ideas, wealthiness, and private life. Her latest reality show in America “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” draws millions of people’s attention. Apart from all, she has been in Turkey’s celebrity agenda in a particular matter. Two matters, actually!

Fiery Debate on The Origin of “Lahmacun”

Turkish social media users have lashed out at US reality television star Kim Kardashian for describing lahmacun as “Armenian pizza” on social media. “Who knows about lahmacun? This is our Armenian pizza,” the American model, businesswoman, and actress said in a video posted on Thursday on her official Instagram account.

“My dad would always put string cheese on it and then put it in the oven and get it really crispy,” she added.

Reality star Kim Kardashian provoked a fiery debate on the origins of lahmacun when she described it as ‘Armenian pizza’ on her Instagram.

Kim Kardashian, thus, raised a fierce debate on the origin of Lahmacun. Many Turkish social media users, including Turkish celebrities, objected to the world-famous celebrity.

One Turkish celebrity also lashed out at the US celebrity, with singer Demet Akalin saying: “I got involved with Kim Kardashian out of boredom… Lahmacun is our sister.”

Many Turkish social media users lashed out Kardashian over her statement lahmacun as Armenian Pizza. (Image Credit-WallpaperBetter)
Many Turkish social media users lashed out Kardashian over her statement lahmacun as Armenian Pizza. (Image Credit-WallpaperBetter)

Lahmacun is a round, thin piece of dough topped with minced meat. A popular dish in Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, and Armenia, its exact origins provokes fiery debate. Arabs and Kurds on Twitter also joined the controversy to lay their claim to the delicious food.

“The word is Arabic; Lahm: meat, Macoun: paste. The Arabs in the region Riha (Urfa, today in Turkey) called it lahmacun. Not sure if it’s Arabic or Kurdish dish, but it’s definitely not Turkish or Armenian,” one person tweeted.

Controversy over “Armenian Genocide” Claims

Kim Kardashian is a prominent member of the Armenian diaspora. Her late father, Robert Kardashian, was an American lawyer of Armenian heritage.

Turkey and Armenia have strained relations over the recognition of the Armenian genocide.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million of their kin were killed between 1915 and 1917 as the Ottoman Empire was falling apart.

She is undoubtedly one of the most famous celebrity stars in the world.
She is undoubtedly one of the most famous celebrity stars in the world.

But Turkey fiercely rejects the genocide label. The country argues that 300,000 to 500,000 Armenians and as many Turks died in civil strife when Armenians rose up against their Ottoman rulers and sided with invading Russian troops.

Kim Kardashian’s Visit to Armenia

Kim Kardashian baptized her children in her ancestral homeland Armenia during an October visit. The visit was the star’s first to the nation since a 2015 trip marking the centenary of mass killings of Armenians. She, then, saw her husband Kanye West give a chaotic, impromptu concert in capital Yerevan.
Kardashian’s Armenian ancestors on her father’s side emigrated to the United States from an area that now lies in Turkey. In October, Kim hailed the House of Representative vote recognizing as “genocide” the mass killings of ethnic Armenians in the Ottoman Empire a century ago. She praised the “incredible numbers” of representatives who backed the resolution.

The star is one of the wealthiest celebrities in the world. (Image Credit-Click2Houston)
The star is one of the wealthiest celebrities in the world. (Image Credit-Click2Houston)

After the US Congress followed suit in December and recognized the mass killings as genocide, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to rebuke Washington by recognizing the killings of Native Americans by European settlers.

Turkey also summoned the US ambassador in Ankara and warned such a move would endanger relations between the two countries. President Trump’s administration, seeking to defuse the situation and reiterated its position. Claiming that it did not recognize the killings of Armenians as a genocide. Some 30 countries, today, recognize the Armenian genocide, moreover, several European nations criminalizing denial.

The Request of Armenian National Committee of America from Kardashian

She’s half Armenian and has publicly called on the US government to recognize the Armenian Genocide. She claimed that it took place in what is now Turkey during and after the First World War. So it’s no surprise that Kim Kardashian’s decision to have some of her SKIMS products made in Turkey is causing controversy.

Thereafter, the reality star, 38, was called out for it by the Armenian National Committee of America on Twitter Wednesday. And on Thursday, she posted a series of tweets explaining her decision.

The ANCA first thanked Kim for raising awareness about Armenia and then tweeted:

“We saw that you are making some @skims products in Turkey. Please consider making them in Armenia which is known for great craftsmanship & service.”

Upon this request from ANCA, she responded that her decision to use manufacturers in Turkey was a purely business decision.

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