Common Leads VMAs in Moment of Silence for Mike Brown, Kardashians Check Phones

Categories: Michael Brown

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Screengrab via MTV.
Before presenting the award for Best Hip-Hop Video at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards this past Sunday, rapper Common spoke briefly about slain teen Mike Brown and the tension in Ferguson since Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9 before leading those assembled in a moment of silence.

"Hip-hop has always been about truth and has been a powerful instrument of social change," Common said. "From Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown, and for peace in this country and in the world."

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

The crowd switched from cheering to hushed silence at the rapper's behest. Snoop Dogg was spotted on video with his head down, throwing up a "peace" sign. Donald Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, was also shown by the cameras with his eyes lowered.

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The Kardashian sisters, by contrast, took the opportunity to check their phones.

Kim Kardashian and her younger sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, spent the time during which they were displayed on the award show's live stream irreverently fiddling with their phones rather than observing the moment with the rest in attendance. Twitter users were quick to catch this, and the criticism was instantaneous.

A spokesperson for the Kardashians has claimed that these allegations are "completely false," and Buzzfeed has noted that it is possible that there was a lag in the footage on the stream. Nevertheless, that didn't stop the site from publishing more than one article about it. RFT Music has emailed a representative at MTV to attempt to clear up the situation; we will update this post if we get a reply.

Read the full remarks that Common made prior to the silence below.

For the past two weeks, the eyes of the nation have been on Ferguson, Missouri. The people in Ferguson and St. Louis -- and communities across the country -- have used their voices to call for justice and change. To let everyone know that each and every one of our lives matters. [Applause.] Hip-hop has always been about truth, and has been a powerful instrument of social change. From Melle Mel to Public Enemy to Kendrick Lamar, hip-hop has always presented a voice for the revolution. I want us all to take a moment of silence for Mike Brown, and for peace in this country and in the world.



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emma.garcia
emma.garcia

During the mike brown moment of silence i was thinking about how many women wouldn't get raped and how many stores wouldn't be robbed and how many people wouldn't get murdered now that that POS junkie THUG was rotting in the ground where he belongs.

Terri Andres
Terri Andres

All of this is making our city look bad! Get ur shit together people....

Jane Lee
Jane Lee

Exactly!! Where is the moment of silence for our troops?! He was nothing but a gentle giant my ass thug toting bully punk ass kid!!!!

Jane Lee
Jane Lee

They are probably wonderin where the moment of silence is for all the soldiers that die everyday, not a moment of silence for a THUG ROBBER.

Josh Oder
Josh Oder

Fuck mike brown he was a low life

Jeff Fortner
Jeff Fortner

Agree, with everything you read bit. . People believe that he is innocent , an angle are also idiots! !

Lera Matzen
Lera Matzen

Does he remember any of the names of the young people who are killed by black on black crime in, let's say, Chicago?

Nick Manglitz
Nick Manglitz

as much as i hate to defend these dumb bitches, they showed this "moment" the exact amount of attention and respect it deserved...

Karen Mc
Karen Mc

Oh shut the hell up no he didn't. You must be one of those dumb ass sheep who believes everything you read. You should just be quiet and quit plastering your ignorant garbage on the post. Just shows how little you are able to distern truth from garbage like rag mags.

Charles W. Haines III
Charles W. Haines III

No information or logic supports your assertion. Therefore, there's only two ways you can believe that statement: racism and/or a fascist awe of authority. Since your credibility is in negative numbers with me already, I'll just block you now. No point in talking, because opinion doesn't rise to the minimal validity worthy of discussion.

Britt Eubanks
Britt Eubanks

I am talking about in general. If their dad wasn't famous, we would never have heard of them.

John Kelley
John Kelley

Only thing that sucks more is the liberal hippies that read that garbage

John Kelley
John Kelley

You go away RFT does suck and so do u

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

I did not click the link. Thanks for playing. Johnny has some nice parting gifts for you.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Yeah where is this agenda? No one gave me one. I thought I was just doing what I thought was right, and exercising my First Amendment rights (and watching same rights be totally violated by the police).

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Well maybe they had other stuff to report on but still found this funny enough to leave in the queue.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

No you suck for reading and commenting on a paper you think sucks lol Go away, no one will miss you.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Well they got yours, plus your 8 likes. Good on ya for helping them.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Did you read the article? It was an entertainer named Common that led the silence. Like James Cameron asked for a moment of silence for the victim's of the Titanic at the Oscars (something I found ridiculous). And it does seem that many awards show host/esses and presenters and acceptance speeches have asked for a moment of silence for soldiers. Most people seem to hate most of the cops, so yeah, not so many.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

"he'll" for hell? "to" for too? Who is "Uneducated"? And were you there? The police let Wilson drive off in his patrol vehicle, which was supposedly part of the crime scene.As we all know from the 13 hearings on Benghazi, a person cannot trust the justice system in this country to be honest, right?

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

The police have reported a number of times that is NOT why Wilson stopped Brown. Quit making excuses for your ignorance.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

There were a number of vigils for Megan Boken. She was a victim of a crime. She was not killed by a police officer.

Andrew Cardwell
Andrew Cardwell

But wait. ..I was in Ferguson to support justice.....not an agenda..

Andrew Cardwell
Andrew Cardwell

Malissa, thats what im doing.... Just like when I was marching in Ferguson...I dont do it just because of a persons race..

Jason Lankford
Jason Lankford

i wouldnt give the little thug a drop of piss in a bucket ....

Britt Eubanks
Britt Eubanks

Please please please, stop giving them airtime.

Malissa McLaurin
Malissa McLaurin

Andrew Cardwell if you feel that way them why don't you start a protest and outrage against for the young man In Utah.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

i actually like these girls more than ever.

Jimmy Eden
Jimmy Eden

Vapid much? Pretty sure they were googling Mike Brown instead of themselves that time.

Duane Mathis
Duane Mathis

He grabbed the guy by thr throat. It was a robbery. Quit making excuses for this thug

Patrick Scovill
Patrick Scovill

Much better people than this thug die every day, why should he get a moment of silence? Fuck him, honor our Armed Forces that lose people on a terribly consistent basis.

Treneca Johnson
Treneca Johnson

Rob Johns where did u get your info do more research smh you're in my prayers as well

Rob Johns
Rob Johns

I grew up in west county and I sure as he'll would expect to get shot if I tried to assault a police officer. Maybe he was just to Uneducated to have the understanding that when you try to fight a cop and steal his fire arm that you are going to end up dead

Rob Johns
Rob Johns

He has a second degree murder charge in his juvenile record

Rob Johns
Rob Johns

So holly every time some kid gets killed in St louis city you stop for a moment of silence? When the slu college student was killed in the central west end did you stop for a moment of silence for her? Stfu

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