"Hold on, I'm just tweeting about how awesome this moment of silence is."

So, last night during the VMA's, the rapper and actor Common requested that the audience observe a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the 18-year-old shot and killed by police in Ferguson, MO, whose death has sparked massive protests in that town. No matter what you think of the protests, if someone asks for a moment of silence for a dead kid, you hand over a moment of silence.

Unless you're the Kardashians. Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner (from left to right in photo) were all in attendance last night at the Video Music Awards...because Kim was in that one video with her new husband, Kanye West...I guess? Anyway, a moment of silence proved to be too much for them, because the cameras from MTV's livestream cut to the trio futzing around on their phones and chatting. Needless to say, the reaction has been negative.

There were also allegations of other misbehavior during Common's speech, although sadly no one caught this one and immortalized it in .gif form.

Several questions remain after all of this. The biggest is whether this was truly live or someone at MTV made a very poorly-timed (or excellently-timed) decision to insert some taped crowd shots. The next biggest question is whether or not this will finally destroy the Kardashian empire. The answer is "no," because none of us have the attention spans for that and I've already forgotten what we're talking about. Ooh, Kardashians! I have to go check on my Kim Kardashian: Hollywood game, I think I'm trending!

(by Johnny McNulty)

Sources: Perez Hilton | Gawker