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.
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.
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.
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.