If you’re one of many people that check their social media regularly, then I’m sure by now you will be familiar with the viral video of the ‘BBC Dad’, where Professor Robert E. Kelly’s two children – 4-year-old Marion and 8-month-old James – interrupt their dad’s skype interview with journalist James Menendez regarding the topical impeachment of South Korea’s president.
The woman seen in the video, whom many had wrongly assumed was the nanny, is Kelly’s wife, Kim Jung-A. The couple came forward to tell the Wall Street Journal how they feel about the situation as well as the backstory:
“Well, it was sort of a mixture of surprise, embarrassment, and amusement, and love and affection. I mean it was terribly cute – I saw the video like everybody else did as really funny.”
Whilst Kelly was being interviewed, the rest of the family were watching the live broadcast from the living room. The incident started when Kim was recording the TV with her phone and consequently didn’t notice her two children leaving to join in on the fun with Dad. Kim explained that because of the short delay in the live broadcast, she didn’t instantly realise that her children were sharing the spotlight with her husband. Kelly said he takes full responsibility as he forgot to lock the door.
After convincing Kelly to allow them to post the clip on social media, as it would portray them as “a regular family”, BBC reaped over 18 million views on YouTube and 21 million views on Facebook. Kelly made the decision to put his phone on aeroplane mode after the clip was posted as he was barraged with emails, phone calls and notifications from social media. “We stonewalled because we didn’t know what to do,” he said. “I made this minor mistake that turned my family into YouTube stars – It’s pretty ridiculous.”
Thankfully, the children did not receive any punishment and the couple states that they were not angry with the children either. Kelly made it clear that despite his embarrassment, he always wants his children to feel comfortable approaching him.