Viral Video Sparks Social Media Conversations

I’m sure most of you have seen the video that went viral of the BBC interview with Robert Kelly that was interrupted by his two adorable children. The video resonated with so many of us who are trying to juggle career and family life. It offered a much-needed laugh to contrast the tone of most of the recent news content. I was fascinated to see all of the conversations that this video started.

Some, like Trevor Noah, pointed fun at the work from home lifestyle suggesting that Robert Kelly wasn’t wearing any pants and therefore didn’t standup to address his children entering the room.

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Like a lot of videos that go viral, the conversations that arise aren’t always fun and lighthearted. Some criticized Kelly for pushing his daughter away and not embracing her.

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A more serious conversation about stereotyping and racism also began as some individuals and news outlets started reporting that the Asian woman who wrangled the children in the video was the nanny rather than the mother of the children.

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The New York Times spoke with the family who can now laugh at the video. Kelly says, “My real life punched through the fake cover I had created on television.” This is another great topic the video addresses; the lives we portray on the Internet versus our real lives. This juxtaposition resonates with so many of us and contributed to the widespread fascination with this video.

 

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One Response to Viral Video Sparks Social Media Conversations

  1. sydhavely says:

    The video was a key element in the story and your blog post did that. I first read about the “BBC Dad” in the NY Times and while factually correct, missed what the video showed, including all the nuances you mention others posted about. Visual storytelling is just that–and stories have multiple meanings and layers, including, as you say, the often blurred lines between the presentation of our lives “on stage” and “back stage,” as Erving Goffman classically described in his book, The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. Great post.

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