A hilarious video of kids crashing their father’s BBC interview has gone viral, but the Internet is torn on whether or not the father reacted appropriately.
Political science professor Robert E. Kelly was being interviewed via Skype about South Korean politics when his two young kids sauntered in during the live stream. Kelly’s first reaction was to nudge his eldest daughter away from the screen rather than to fully stop the interview to lead her and his other child out of the room.
Watch the video above to see the videobomb in full.
While initial reactions to the live interview mishap were mainly positive...
@BBCWorld this is the funniest thing I have seen in so long - actually crying with laughter. Amazing.— polskey (@polskey) March 10, 2017
@BBCWorld Made my day! Brilliants kids..loved the way they both walked in & the shocked look on the rescuer's face.— Amy Chew (@AmyChewCNA) March 10, 2017
— Oswald Bates (@SeeLamb) March 10, 2017
@BBCWorld Bless them. I'd like to think he gave them a huge hug as it got more attention this way. Love the 'duck and crawl' from the rescue team— Paul Walker (@PaulWalker1973) March 10, 2017
Some criticized Kelly for his initial reaction, which was to shoo his daughter away with his arm.
@BBCWorld Found the stiff arm a bit much. From your tweet, I imagined him picking a child up and continuing, not grimacing about them...— Virginia Raby (@va_ellen) March 10, 2017
In his defence, a GQ reader hilariously suggested that maybe Kelly wasn’t wearing any pants. He was working from home after all!
GQ reader had a GREAT theory on why Robert Kelly didn't get up to help with the kids: he isn't wearing pants https://t.co/pAQ6hEdFLS— Chris Gayomali (@chrisgayomali) March 10, 2017
Additionally, the video stirred an interesting debate: was the woman in the video the wife or the nanny?
@BBCWorld Please let us know if the nanny's in video was terminated after the interview?😅😅😅..your guest was so cool.— Ric Cir (@CustodioRowell) March 10, 2017
For the record, the woman is Kelly’s wife, as evidenced by his old blog. One Twitter user also confirmed this saying, “She's the mother and her name is Jung A-Kim. Super hero & Mother of a confident little girl. wife to #RobertKelly.”
Nonetheless, many assumed the woman was the nanny because she is Asian. In response, many pointed out how problematic this is.
@BBCWorld I'm shocked with many comments referring the woman as nanny or woman. No one even imagine that she is the mom. She IS the mom.— Miranda (@cream_of_cream) March 10, 2017
@BBCWorld Kids call her mom in Korean. You guys have prejudice that Asian women at white men's house are all nannies. Ridiculous.— Miranda (@cream_of_cream) March 10, 2017
Despite this, the video went viral for all the right reasons: cute kids crashing dad at work.
After the video became a sensation in just a few hours, a BBC spokesman told MailOnline: “We're really grateful to Professor Kelly for his professionalism. This just goes to show that live broadcasting isn't always child's play.”
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