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Kim Kardashian Gets Involved in Syria's Social Media War

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On March 30, Kim Kardashian tweeted the following:

Twitter screenshot

The celebrity, who is of Armenian descent, was drawing attention to the predominantly ethnically Armenian-populated town of Kassab in northern Syria, which was captured by rebels, including Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra, late last month.

Credit: David Shankbone/wikimedia

Kardashian was only one of the Twitter users using the #SaveKessab hashtag to highlight atrocities such as mass killings and the desecrations of churches carried out in the town by rebels.

However, Kardashian and many others on Twitter who thought they were drawing attention to a recent horror committed by some of Assad's opposition were in fact probably perpetuating a myth that may have been started by supporters of Assad.

From the Associated Press:

Kassab's residents fled after rebels seized their village on March 23, as part of a rebel offensive in the coastal Syrian province of Latakia, Assad's ancestral heartland.

There are no credible reports that rebels killed any residents, or that they inflicted major damage on churches.

The Daily Beast explains that one of the images of a supposed victim of violence in Kassab is from a horror film; another shows the body of a decapitated girl who was killed in 2012, not recently.

There have been atrocities carried out by some of Assad's opposition in the Latakia province before. In October Human Rights Watch released a report on the killings of civilians in Latakia.

Kardashian's tweet is one of the most prominent examples of how social media is being used in Syria's civil war. Whether it be Assad's Instagram account or the jihadist opposition group the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria live-tweeting an amputation, social media is being used by different actors in the conflict to disseminate propaganda.

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  1. Save the big bottomed lasses.

    1. All I want is hoes, big booty hoes
      Don’t take em to the crib unless they bonin’

    2. Fat bottomed girls
      You make the rockin’ world go round

    3. I met her on Monday, ’twas my lucky bun day
      You know what I mean
      I love her each weekday, each velvety cheek day
      You know what I mean

        1. There’s such a fine line between clever and stupid.

  2. “Let’s get this trending!!!!”
    I assume that is her only goal.

    1. What else would it be? Because you can rule out from the start that any time a celebrity is speaking out about an issue that they are either:

      A. Informed.

      B. Forming any thoughts about a desire to become informed.

    2. Yeah, I’m not figuring her to strap on battle gear and actually risk breaking her fingernails defending an Armenian village.

      1. I believe her desire in protecting her fellow Armenians is sincere (notwithstanding her inability to do so in any meaningful way). But I frankly find that even more offensive than complete apathy because its underlying motivation is only her group identity as Armenian. Its splinterism at its most vapid. “I must protect those like me solely due to ethnicity.” It is the confluence of two things I abhor, collectivism and narcissism, and is the same intellectual basis of everything from racial grievance industries in contemporary US politics to at the most extreme, Nazism.

        1. You’re too charitable. I don’t believe she is sincere. Have you seen her sex tape? She’s chewing gum! It’s hard to believe that she is sincere about anything at all.

          1. She has a sex tape?

            1. Well, technically, there was probably no tape involved. It was more of a recorded sex act.

              1. Huh, man, when one doesn’t follow twitter, one has no idea what the Kardashians are doing…

                1. when one doesn’t follow twitter, one has no idea what the Kardashians are doing

                  So you’re saying you don’t keep up with the Kardashians?

                  Can’t believe it took this long for someont to make the obvious joke.

            2. The reason you’ve even ever heard of her is because she got fucked on camera (I can’t say she had sex, because she wasn’t actually doing anything. Dead fuck is her middle name.)

              1. This. I can’t imagine anyone watching it and saying “I want THAT!”. It’s actually kind of sad.

            3. I wouldn’t call it sex so much as lie there and take it like a plastic fuck doll.

              1. Didn’t know about it, don’t want to see it, but I can imagine it’s just her face writ large. I used to see pictures of her and wonder if she’d had botox on her entire face; now you guys make me wonder if it’s her entire body.

                It’s sad when someone is so famous for being famous that even I know who they are.

          2. Her entire existence is an exercise in vanity. The Armenian thing is just that vanity writ large onto the broad canvas of her ethnic heritage, but its same underlying base motivation is that vanity. She’s been active in Armenian causes in the past and has continually pleaded for US recognition of the Armenian genocide. Her Armenian nationalism is sincere.

            The problem is precisely that: its nationalism. Its not broad humanitarianism or high minded thought about the rights of man, its the vanity of group identity: these people are alike me in this way and I’m awesome therefore they’re awesome. And that is the same fundamental core of all collectivist notions.

            1. You’re too focused in the morning. We’re trying to talk about a sex tape here!

              1. I don’t know if I’d call it a sex tape. More like grainy cell phone camera recordings of a man fucking an inflatable sex toy. Albeit an inflatable sex toy that is capable of taking selfies and making the faintest moans of “oh, baby” during the act.

        2. Reminds me of a cousin-in-law who lives in HI and travelled to another island and apparently was the subject of “racist” remarks from fellow hawaiians:

          Sick of the racism in Hawaii. Been profiled as a druggy “clown” from Kapaa then as a rich white girl from North Shore

          Her response to this: come on hawaiians, we gotta stick together!! Um, yeah, cause you guys need to be more collectivist out there…

    3. “Let’s get this trending!!!!”
      I assume that is her only goal.

      It’s my understanding that getting something trending is really the primary function of twitter and its users. You may interpret that as either an endorsement or criticism of twitter. The choice is yours.

      1. I’m neutral on Twitter. I don’t use it, and I never will. But yeah, her only goal was to get attention on twitter. I think selfies of her ass are a better way to do it.

        1. I find Twitter useful for things like following Balko, because dog knows I refused to visit that shithole PuffHo when he worked there (and not because of its heinous commentariat, but because of the design of the site itself).

  3. So… the Shire is in Armenia?

  4. Did Reason sign a propaganda contract with the neocons a couple weeks ago? Kinda weird how y’all keep referencing propoganda pieces that most people probably haven’t heard of, and ignoring the ones that appear more credible. Nothing to see here, move along.

  5. I wouldn’t fuck her with my dog’s dick.

  6. Could somebody please explain why this revolting pig isn’t out with all the other whores on Seventh Avenue?

  7. The reason you’ve even ever heard of her is because she got fucked on camera (I can’t say she had sex, because she wasn’t actually doing anything. Dead fuck is her middle name.)

    MEYOWSAH!

    1. Q) Do you have an active sex life?

      A) No, I just lay there.

      1. +1 wife

        1. Q) What’s the difference between a job and a wife?

          A) After six months the job still sucks.

    2. Did you see the video? Road kill would put more into it than she did.

  8. Did you see the video?

    I have no wish to be struck blind.

    1. I myself have always had a weakness for women with a middle eastern appearance. They tend to certain curves that I rather prefer (ample rear ends with good waist to hip ratio) and the skin tone is a complexion that is exotic and sultry to someone of my decidedly pastier look.

      That said, Kim Kardashian’s overall repulsiveness as a cultural icon and celebrity is enough for me to ignore her adult appearances.

  9. There’s such a fine line between clever and stupid.

  10. I’d actually confidently bet against her being able to point to Armenia or Syria on a globe.

    1. I’d confidently bet against her knowing what a globe is, other than the award that is.

      1. The Globe award? Is that the award they give to someone with the roundest ass?

  11. Like I’m going to anything a Hobbit has to say seriously.

  12. You commentators are wack: she was well-known before her shecksh tape.

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