Many people’s reaction, immediately after watching Robert Kelly wife collecting the kids from the study, where Prof. Robert E Kelly was being interviewed live on TV was of disbelief. Many thought she was a nanny. But she is not. Prof. Kelly has said that she is his wife and mother of the two kids.
The discussion was on a very important topic and interview was going perfectly well as anyone could plan. The BBC interviewer was asking the respected Prof. about the implications of South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s impeachment on corruption charges.
The Prof. who teaches at Pusan National University was talking about how the impeachment and her removal, ordered by the court, will impact the entire region, when his young children entered the room one after the other.
Many people have tried to condemn the prof over the manner he tried to push the young child. But it was very mild push that can never hurt the child. Even the mother collected the children in very impressive manner. It looked as if she came flying in the air, collected the children and left the room without making even slightest sound.
The couple’s two children are 8-month-old James and 4-year-old Marion. While watching the video of the interview footage you can see that it was the elder one who crashed the interview first, with James following.
Apparently, it was the whole sequence of the event and the style that made the video so popular. The original BBC YouTube video has been seen 18.3 million times already. It has also seen a major jump in Prof. Kelly’s followers in Twitter. From a couple of thousand the number has gone up to 23,400 followers now.
The live footage went viral immediately. Many people criticized the father for first trying to gently push the child behind and then the manner in which the mother collected the kids. Later Kelly said, “We have no comment on the many social analyses of the video. We see this simply as a very public family blooper, nothing more”. He went on to add, “We were unsure how to respond, and as the attention accelerated, we became genuinely unnerved,” he wrote. “We had no idea how to handle this. We therefore decided to return to the BBC for a follow-up interview for the international audience, to speak with the Wall Street Journal for the US domestic audience, and to hold today’s press conference for the Korean audience. We apologize to the many outlets that seem to find this dissatisfactory. We are doing the best we can.”