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

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

 

Greg Seals

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Published Aug 25, 2014   Updated 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.

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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. 

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— 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. 

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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