The Opening Serve: Yesterday the world witnessed the dissolution of Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage. And so did Nick Kristof. "Kim Kardashian cld have spent her wedding money instead building 200 schools in poor countries. That wld have lasted," tweeted Kristof. Adding: "On behalf of Amernian-Americans, I apologize for Kim Kardashian. Let's start a rumor that she's actually Turkish."
The Return Volley: Kristof's tweets, like the Kardashian wedding didn't go unnoticed. "[Kristof] advocates for the poor but is willing to malign an entire ethnic group (the Turks). Disheartening & disappointing," wrote Elmira Bayrasli, a writer for Forbes. Kristof responded, "Ah, lighten up. I didn't malign Turks. I maligned Kim K and mocked Armenian-Turkish tensions. No nastiness toward Turks." Which prompted this response from Bayrasli:
Kristof later apologized for the tweet, stating: "It is hard, but, okay, I'm sorry to all Turks offended." He was less apologetic to Kim Kardashian sympathizers. "@NickKristof what kind of comment is that?...I'm sure your salary might build one school or half..did you build one? Get off your high horse," wrote a (possible Kardashian apologist?) tweeter in regard to his comment about schools. Kristof responded in a way only Kristof could: "As a matter of fact, I built a junior high school in Cambodia."