19 April 2015

The Kardashian factor and the G-word

Al Jazeera English

Business Insider recently offered a selection of "13 pictures that prove Amal Clooney is a complete boss". According to the website, George Clooney's lawyer wife merits this distinction "whether she's outshining her husband on the red carpet or representing Armenia in a human rights court over the Armenian genocide".
As Sarah Carr commented on Facebook: "I'm racking my brain … trying to remember an instance where a business publication did a slideshow to tell us that a male can be both intelligent and competent and look nice. Could it be that I missed that article, or is the media [expletive phrase]".
Clooney's court duty on behalf of Armenia took place in January at the European Court of Human Rights, where she went up against Turkish politician Dogu Perincek, previously convicted in Switzerland for denying the Armenian "genocide".
As the Associated Press puts it: "Historians estimate that up to 1.5 million Armenians were killed by Ottoman Turks around the time of World War I, an event widely viewed by scholars as genocide."

The Turkish narrative, on the other hand, relegates the G-word to quotation marks, insisting instead that the killing was mutual and that the Armenian casualty count has been inflated for malicious and politically motivated reasons.
At least 20 countries and 43 US states have recognised the mass killings as "genocide", but, 100 years after the fact, the PR battle rages on - and, as is the norm in advertising, sex sells. READ MORE AT AL JAZEERA ENGLISH.