It was a meeting of Armenian-American icons. On Wednesday, Cher joined Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian were at the premiere of The Promise, a new film about the Armenian genocide, starring Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac. The three proud Armenian women posed together on the red carpet outside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Cher, who was born Cherilyn Sarkisian, and the Kardashian sisters have all vocally spoken out about the genocide in the past.
The singer shared a video on Twitter several hours before the premiere of herself talking about the film's importance. “Hitler said if they don’t remember the Armenians, they won’t remember the Jews,” Cher says to the camera in the video. “We cannot let this happen to another group of people. I vow to keep the promise.” (This is probably the most tame thing she has ever tweeted, considering her usual frantic, all-caps, emoji-ridden tweets, which are honestly a delight.)
“People don’t know about the genocide, and the Turks have never admitted it, and it’s very important,” Cher told Access Hollywood on the red carpet at the film’s premiere. “I think that this is so important. Also, my grandparents, they escaped, and my friend’s grandmother, she escaped, but many people didn’t.“ While Cher has made several public appearances recently, notably while campaigning for Hillary Clinton and at the Women’s March, this seems to have been her first photographed red-carpet appearance since May 2015.
Back in 2015, Kim, Kourtney, and their sister Khloé visited Armenia and paid their respects to the victims of the Armenian genocide. According to Us Weekly, Kim and Kourtney spoke about the film’s importance at the premiere, as well. “We are so proud of this film. We are so excited to be here,” said Kim. “We learned so much when we journeyed to Armenia and learned about what happened to our family.”
Kourtney added, “We heard about it growing up our entire lives too.”
“We’re so honored to be here. This message and this story is so important to tell. We just want to really keep the premise alive and keep the whole story alive,” Kim continued. “Like Kourtney said, we grew up knowing this story and hearing so much about it. So we’re excited to see it come to life on film.”
Other celebrities at the premiere included Orlando Bloom, Christian Bale, Nina Dobrev, and Sylvester Stallone. Check out a few photos from the event, below.
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