It was a serious discussion on the issue of impeachment of South Korean President Park Geun-hye. Professor Robert Kelly was giving his views on the live TV, explaining everything in his trademark style and seemed to be in very cheerful mood.
But all of a sudden, the peace of the room turned into commotion with his two young children entering the room, probably appearing on their live ‘show’ for the very first time. According to the USA Today, the respected professor first tried to push his kid aside slowly without hurting him, but gave up when he saw even his younger son enter the scene.
But things were not yet over. Realizing how the children had disturbed the interview, his wife entered the room tiptoeing like a ‘ninja’ and surreptitiously carrying them back in one go. The way she entered the room and how she left the room with the kids and then shut the door, it all made remarkable view on the BBC.
While the professor initially looked embarrassed, but later found humor in a situation many parents can relate to. Later the couple were inundated with demand for interview from television channels across the world, almost every channel wanting to interview the couple.
The couple and their young kids who became instant internet and Youtube sensation, later told the Wall Street Journal about the onslaught of phone calls and interview requests they’ve received since the interview aired. Prof. Kelly teaches political science at Pusan National University in South Korea. It was during a very serious interview with one of the best television channels in the world, when his children found it convenient to sneak into his study.
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.”