Was Kim Kardashian
Texting During the
Moment of Silence For
#Ferguson at the VMAs
The Video Music Awards are known as one of the more wild and crazy award shows—but things got serious when Common took the stage and seized the opportunity to bring awareness to Ferguson, Mo.
The rapper called for a heartfelt moment of silence for Michael Brown, the unarmed teenager who was shot and killed by a police officer on Aug. 9.
During the tribute to the 18-year-old, Kim Kardashian and sisters Kylie and Kendall Jenner were seen texting on the audience cam—upsetting many by disrespecting the slain teen.
Fans took to Twitter to express their outrage towards the reality stars for texting during the tribute.
Kinda rude that the Kardashian's were on their cellphones during the moment of silence for Ferguson 😒— Taliyah Bria (@OfficialBabyGrl) August 25, 2014
so Kim k was texting during the moment of silence for #MikeBrown last night at the VMAs? smh she's disgusting.— a l i s h a . (@youloveAlisha) <a href="https://twitter.com/youloveAlisha/statuses/503915438838140928">August 25, 2014
apparently the Kardashians were texting during the Ferguson moment, please Kim tell us again about how you care about racism #VMAs— Rebecca Moffatt (@rebeccamoffatt) August 25, 2014
Kim kardashian, you proved that racism is indeed someone else's problem by looking at your phone during the ferguson tribute— V (@comeonoverval) <a href="https://twitter.com/comeonoverval/statuses/503944455519764481">August 25, 2014
"Who is Ferguson?" - Kim Kardashian— Adrian Barnes (@adarbarnes) August 25, 2014
Interestingly enough, the tensions, political unrest and civil protests in Ferguson center on the blatant racism that still exists in America—an issue Kim has previously claimed was near and dear to her heart.
“To be honest, before I had North, I never really gave racism or discrimination a lot of thought,” she wrote in May. “It is obviously a topic that Kanye is passionate about, but I guess it was easy for me to believe that it was someone else’s battle.”
Based on her actions last night—some things haven’t really changed after all…