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Kim Kardashian, Kendall and Kylie Jenner 'text during Ferguson tribute' at MTV VMAs

Viewers posted stills purporting to show the sisters peering into their phones and talking throughout a tribute to Michael Brown and the Ferguson protests

The Kardashian-Jenner sisters have rejected accusations that that they were looking at their mobile phones and chatting through a heartfelt VMAs tribute to the troubles in Ferguson.

Numerous people watching a home were aghast at what they said was disinterest displayed by the sisters, as rapper Common asked the audience to observe a moment of silence for Michael Brown, the teenager whose death at the hands of police sparked an almost two-week-long protest against police brutality and racial profiling.

Some tweeters began posting stills of the show to social media, completely flabbergasted, however a spokesperson for the sisters has said that the claims are "absolutely false".

One Twitter user had said: “I would pay TOP DOLLAR to see Kim Kardashian point out Ferguson on a map.”


However, as reported by Buzzfeed, there may have been a lag in the footage, so The Independent has contacted MTV to confirm that the image timings are correct.

MTV went political this year, airing two 15-second public service announcements aimed at challenging stereotypes and addressing the civil rights demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri, in conjunction with a campaign called Look Different.

One of the clips features a quote from author James Baldwin and reads: “Not everything that is faced can be changed; but nothing can be changed until it is faced.”

Video: VMA's red carpet  

When asked by The Hollywood Reporter about the Baldwin quote and the campaign, MTV President Stephen Friedman said: “It’s a call to action to our audience that we have to confront our own bias head-on before we can truly create change. The ongoing message for our audience is not to be color blind, but to be color brave.”