The Kardashians were texting during a moment of silence for Michael Brown

Or were they too wrapped up in Kim Kardashian: Hollywood?


Greg Seals


Posted on Aug 25, 2014   Updated on May 30, 2021, 5:21 pm CDT

Our nation’s first family, the Kardashians, are usually touted as bastions of respect, mindfulness, and sensitivity. In times of great strife, the brood are always ready to comfort a forlorn nation by Instagramming a selfie and a motivational quote. Yet Sunday night, during the MTV Video Music Awards, something was markedly off with Kim and younger sisters Kendall and Kylie.

Moments after Common took to the stage to call attention to the happenings in Ferguson and ask for a moment of silence for the late Michael Brown, MTV cut to a shot of the threesome screwing around on their phones and looking rather blasé. 

how a Kardashian does a moment of silence

— Kardashian Reactions (@KardashianReact) August 25, 2014

What could possibly have demanded the Kardashians’ attention over the memory of a slain 18-year-old? Some Twitter users hypothesized that the Kardashians were fervently Googling Ferguson, yet it’s more likely that the group was too focused playing Kim Kardashian: Hollywood to turn their attention to a lost life. 

Kardashian apologists at BuzzFeed suppose that the footage could have come from a poorly chosen delay in tape instead of the live shot it appeared to be. MTV has yet to comment. 

H/T Gawker | Photo via David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)

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*First Published: Aug 25, 2014, 3:25 pm CDT