I didn’t watch the show, but I did see the aftermath on Twitter.
I think it’s perfectly newsworthy to correct a misconception by presenting a video clip that contextualizes a still image that has been apparently mischaracterized by the media. Unfortunately, Viacom has apparently blocked the copy of the image embedded with this story.
The image of the Smiths was indeed from Sunday night’s VMAs, but it was captured while the family watched Lady Gaga perform, not Cyrus.
Also, the Smiths aren’t staring in shock or disbelief, as the viral photo suggests. Daughter Willow’s mouth isn’t agape in astonishment, she’s just in the midst of chewing her gum.
See video of the moment below.
Indeed, the Smith family was also seen briefly on TV watching the now-infamous Cyrus performance, though they don’t seem bothered or surprised by it. Son Jaden appears a bit bored, in fact. It’s at the 2:50 mark of the entire performance, also embedded below.