Caruso Agrees to Advertise ‘Architects of Denial’ at Americana

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"Architects of Denial," a documentary focusing on the denial of the Armenian Genocide

“Architects of Denial,” a documentary focusing on the denial of the Armenian Genocide

Also Says it Will Forge Relationship with Armenian Community

GLENDALE– Moments ago, the Armenian National Committee of America – Glendale received a letter from Caruso Affiliated Executive Vice President of Operations, Jackie Levy condemning “violence and atrocities of any form anywhere in the world, including the Armenian Genocide that has impacted the lives of Armenians in our community.” The letter also states that Caruso Affiliated will work with the producers of “Architects of Denial” and the City of Glendale in an effort to display the advertisement at the Americana at Brand, at no cost to the producers.

The ANCA Glendale welcomes this important albeit delayed response as the first step in addressing a larger issue of insensitivity toward the Armenian-American community and utter lack of outreach and understanding. We look forward to working with Americana at Brand and Caruso Affiliated to further address the community’s needs and develop a positive and constructive relationship moving forward.

We especially want to thank the grassroots in our community who rose to the occasion by making our collective concerns heard on a larger scale. This outcome shows that when the community is activated, decision makers will hear its voice.

We are sincerely grateful to our elected officials – specifically State Senator Anthony Portantino who joined us on the ground from day one, members of the Glendale City Council who supported our position, as well as US Congressman Adam Schiff, LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, and Los Angeles Councilmember Paul Krekorian for responding to the call for action and providing their staunch support that made this possible.

Below is the letter sent by Caruso Affiliated to the Glendale community.

August 17, 2017

To the Glendale community:

Over the past few days, we have reached out to, and heard from, many longtime friends in the Glendale
community, including those who spoke at the Glendale City Council meeting this week.

We have learned, through these countless conversations and exchanges, our position on human rights
has been misunderstood and for that we apologize. We have always condemned violence and atrocities
of any form anywhere in the world, including the Armenian Genocide that has impacted the lives of
Armenians in our community.

While this advertising use is a violation of the city’s zoning, we will work with the producers of
Architects of Denial and the city of Glendale in an effort to display the advertisement at The Americana
at Brand, at no cost to the producers.

We have the utmost respect for and appreciate the deep values of the Armenian community in this
great city.

Sincerely,
Jackie Levy
Executive Vice President of Operations

 

 

 

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5 Comments

  1. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    You see, we only have to flex our collective muscle. I would have preferred to bankrupt the company for a more effective message out there. I still believe that behind Americanas decision there’s some missguided Jew who did not get the memo. “Turkey is no longer Israels ally” . Or an Azery lobby who probably bribed Americana to suppress our message. Nothing else makes sense.

    • Raffi said:

      “Turkey is no longer Israels ally” is not true,…. truth is economical relations between the 2 countries are at all time high, they show sometimes differences just to scam the Arabs and some hostile countries, the proof of fire is the recognition of the Genocide, until they do not recognize the Armenian Genocide, all rest is pure theater. judge their deeds not their words.

  2. Saaten Maagar said:

    I am very glad for the revised decision. Having said that and before people start to take a victory lap, Caruso’s first decision should ring alarm bells to all Armenian-Americans loud and clear. If this could happen in the heart of Glendale, even by misguided people, it shows that they have no fear of or at a minimum they do not respect the A-A community that immediately surrounds them in any shape or form. Sad!!!

  3. Papken Hartunian said:

    This could be another reminder that only in your homeland you have right to speak up about your national issues. We must remember that whatever we build on foreign land eventually will belong to foreigners. There is no future for Armenians even in Glendale!
    If you care about your future generations to be called Armenian, then you should start from to day to build your future in Armenia, no matter what problems you would face. United, we are capable to build a super Armenia today. Then, and only then we would not need mercy of people such as Americana!

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