Kardashians rarely address serious issues on their various reality shows. “Serious issues” in the Kardashian-Jenner-Odom-
Humphries family tend to revolve around just how hot the wax can be without burning your lady-business, or whether someone else is jealous of someone’s Bentley.
But on Sunday night’s episode of “Khloe and Lamar,” a very serious issue was discussed — the Armenian genocide, a hot topic of debate. When Lamar is made an offer to play basketball in Turkey, he and Khloe are presented with the option of relocating to Istanbul so that he could avoid the boredom of the NBA lockout.
Concerned about not being able to stay in shape without playing, Lamar definitely considers the offer. “Too much time off kind of works against you,” Lamar says. “I always wanted to go play in Europe, so I think this is a great opportunity.”
Khloe wasn’t particularly enamored of the idea of moving away from her family at the drop of a hat, but moving to Turkey, specifically, complicated things even more. “You know, there was a big time incident against the Armenians,” Rob told Khloe sarcastically. “It was called a genocide.”
“That adds so much more stress to me, because of my family history,” Khloe says in a voice-over. “The Armenian genocide is such a controversial and very sensitive issue because the Turkish and the Armenian people disagree on the facts about what actually happened. The Armenians say that between 1915 and 1918 over 1.5 million Armenians who called Turkey their home were either killed or deported by the Ottoman Empire. But the current Turkish government refuses to call the kiddings genocide, and estimates the death toll to be much less.”
Khloe expressed concern that she would be betraying her Armenian ancestry and legions of Armenian fans if she and Lamar moved to Turkey, since the Kardashian family are such high-profile Armenian celebrities. “I do not hold today’s generation of people, either Armenian or Turkish, accountable,” she said.
Rob and Khloe did some Wikipedia-ing to learn more about the tragedy before she made her decision. She also confided in Kim. “Just be careful, to be honest with you, because you’re Armenian,” Kim said. “I don’t think you understand. When I did the cover of Cosmo International, Turkey picked it up on the month of April issue, which is the month of the genocide, and I got a lot of backlash for it. I had to literally write my fans letters.”
Lucky for Khloe, she ultimately didn’t have to make a decision, because the lockout ended before she and Lamar ever came to a definite conclusion about the issue. It would have been interesting to see what she would have done had it not.