BBC Dad & Daughter Hold Press Conference Together & Continue To Delight Parents Everywhere
If you've ever worked from home, the story of "BBC Dad" probably resonated with you. While their father was having a live interview with, oh, you know, just the BBC, Korea expert Robert Kelly's children marched themselves into his office to join in on the fun. Kelly was mortified — but the world loved the candid moment. Then on Wednesday, "BBC Dad" and his daughter held a press conference together, and Kelly's daughter proved she simply did not care about all of the attention she was receiving.
"We love our children very much and are happy that our family blooper, our family error there on television, brought so much laughter to so many people," Kelly said at the press conference on Wednesday, according to Mashable. In the meantime, his 4-year-old daughter Marion laid her head on the table, looking entirely bored by all of the attention. 9-month-old James, on the other hand, sat in his mom's lap, chewed on his fingers, and reached for things on the table in front of him.
An associate professor at Pusan National University in South Korea, Kelly probably didn't expect to become famous for his kids' antics when he agreed to speak to the BBC about president Park Guen-hye's impeachment. But everyone on the internet clearly agreed that children storming into a live interview wins over politics when it comes to entertainment value, and Kelly and his wife Kim Jung-a found their story going viral.
At the press conference, Kelly said he had spotted Marion coming into the room in his computer screen's reflection, but crossed his fingers that she might just entertain herself. "I was hoping that maybe my daughter might sit down and read a book or something, even for 30 seconds until we could just cut the interview, but once my son came in on the little roller, then it was sort of... there was nothing I could do," he said, according to The Guardian.
At the end of the day, the reason "BBC Dad" has gone viral probably has a lot to do with how much people can see themselves in his story. "We are just a regular family, and raising two young children can be a lot of work," Kelly said at the press conference. And any parent who has worked from home can tell you that toddlers simply don't understand the significance of interviews — or even closed office doors.
"We were mortified," Kelly admitted. "We assumed that no television network would ever call me again to speak."
Clearly, quite the opposite was true. It looks like we all enjoy those hilarious, very human moments — so next time your child comes barging in while you're on a Skype meeting with your boss, try to remember "BBC Dad" and laugh it off.