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Babies photobomb their father's BBC World interview

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'Why did people assume an Asian woman was the nanny?' many asked when mystery woman quickly removed babies from professor's BBC Skype interview in home office.

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Babies photobomb their father's BBC World interview 

This weekend, a rare, hilarious and heart-warming little family incident was caught live on the BBC World News and broadcast to the world.

Two little babies were caught intruding into their daddy's home office during a serious BBC interview being broadcast worldwide to an audience of millions.

The baby photobombing incident immediately became an online sensation with the babies quickly achieving global rock star status. 

The innocent little intrusion rapidly spiraled into a global online debate over racial and gender stereotypes.



WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED?

Dr. Robert E. Kelly, associate professor of international relations at Pusan National University in Korea, was in the middle of providing expert commentary on Korean politics during a live Skype interview on BBC World News.

The subject of the interview was the developing situation in South Korea after the impeachment of Korean President Park Geun-hye who was forced out of office by a corruption scandal, and whether relations with North Korea would change (read his opinions on the subject here).

Suddenly, the professor's daughter opens the door, marches into the office swinging her arms without a care in the world.

Baby daughter of professor wanders into his home office during his live interview on BBC World.

The little girl then stands next to her father and stares intently into the camera.

Her father keeps his cool and reaches back, motioning her to step away from the camera.

Just then, all of a sudden, her little baby brother rolls through the open office door in his baby walker to join in the fun.

Understanding that her father is not to be disturbed, the little girl sits down and pulls out a popsicle to eat.

She steals the show from her father the professor who is deeply immersed in his very serious interview.  

Baby son in baby walker comes barreling through the open door as his daughter eats her popsicle.


The plot then thickens as a woman sprints through the door in a panic ducking so she can't be seen.

Suddenly, the little girl with her popsicle is yanked off her seat and pulled away towards the door.

The mystery woman manages with some difficulty to pull both the little girl and her brother out of the room, gently closing the door behind her. 

Mystery woman sprints through the door in a panic.


GENDER & RACE DEBATE RAGES AFTER SOCIAL MEDIA COMMENTS

The intrusion of the professor's babies on his interview and their extrication from the office by a mystery woman was arguably more interesting for most people than the interview itself.

At the time of writing the YouTube video has been viewed almost 11 million times.

Netizens immediately commented on the video.

People who work at home in a home office and are accustomed to such interruptions by their chldren naturally sympathised.

The mystery woman was later identified as Kelly's wife Kim Jung-a (see family photo below).

Family photo of the family (Source: YouTube screenshot)


But before she was identified as the professor's wife, many on social media assumed she was a nanny looking after the children based on the way she acted

Some assumed she was a nanny hired to look after the children based on her panic and the speed at which she removed the children from the room, as if she was concerned for her job. 

They made comments such as:

"The ninja nanny just hid the kids" and...

"The dad doesn't give the kids a second look while the nanny takes them away"


Others thought she behaved as a mother would, anxious about her husband's interview. The baby daughter also said "mother" in Korean during the interview, so most Koreans would have known she was the childrens' mother.

Other netizens immediately jumped on the first group of netizens and criticised their "nanny" assumption as a racial stereotype about the role played by Asian women in the home.

Whether that criticism is fair or not is open to debate but it does, at least, give us netizens an opportunity to reflect on our implicit assumptions and possible biases and prejudices.



http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39244325

https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/north-korea-strategic-patience-still-best-approach

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4302260/Professor-internet-meme-legend-BBC-interview.html

https://www.koreatimes.co.kr/www/nation/2017/03/120_225512.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baby_walker

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