It provides a discussion point. Something to pass the time until the next release.
Though this is pretty critical to the story. At this point you have the main story is at a crossroads. Oh! Great could've easily written the fact that the octuplets weren't greedy bastards and have them be casualties of greater circumstances. Give the manga a little bit more of an edge because the main characters will do anything for their goal of conquering the tower. Instead of they were just helping the poor old folks on the boat without anyone knowing except for Ikki.
This point in the manga is a vital turning point for the whole story. At least up to the scanlated chapters.
Bullet Tooth Tony: You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity.
Reporter on Titan Maximum: Sasha is there any connection between your poor album sales and the fact that it sucked?