By now, most of you will have seen this epic clip of a BBC interview with an analyst on North and South Korean relations gone wrong:
Maybe you didn’t even know what it was about, because children:
And also the most heroic rescue of the situation by their mom, analyst Robert Kelly’s wife Kim Jung-A:
Finally, after a few days of global viral madness, the Internet’s favourite family of the moment has opened up in a couple of interviews, first with the BBC themselves (of course) and then with the Wall Street Journal.
Here’s the BBC interview, which is good enough for you to watch on its own:
But in summary, first things first:
– Kim is his wife, not his nanny or maid.
– He was hoping the BBC would have reframed his children out of view, but nope.
– He *was* wearing pants, and no, it wasn’t staged.
– Kelly admits this entire episode was his fault for not locking the door when he was doing the interview — he usually does.
“My wife deserves a medal for taking care of us and taking care of our family!” he said at the end.
The family, as you might know, is based in Busan, in South Korea, where Kelly works as an associate professor in international relations at the Political Science and Diplomacy Department of Pusan National University.
In the Wall Street Journal article, he said his daughter Marion was in a “hippity-hoppity” mood, as on that day, her birthday was celebrated with a party at her kindergarten.
The story continues in the report:
“As Mr. Kelly began his BBC appearance, his wife, Kim Jung-A, was with their two children in the living room, watching it. To ensure he had a copy of the clip, Ms. Kim videoed the TV screen with her phone.
They had ordered in pizza so they could follow news updates closely, and because of Mr. Kelly’s back-to-back media appearances. He dressed smartly, in a jacket and tie, but more comfortable jeans out of camera shot.
As the interview began, the couple’s 4-year-old daughter Marion jumped up and down at the sight of her father on the screen. Perhaps recognizing his location, a room at the end of the hallway, she wandered off to find him.”
And that’s when all hell broke loose, and the rest is history, with eight-month-old James tailing his sister in his walker and because of the time-lag, Kim only realised her children were in shot a few seconds after the fact, on her own TV set.
Said Kim to WSJ:
“He usually locks the door. Most of the time they come back to me after they find the locked door. But they didn’t. And then I saw the door was open. It was chaos for me.”
Best live TV interview moment ever.
Oh, and in the event you *did* want to know what the interview was about, here’s a helpfully complete clip of Kelly’s full interview, hilarious part included:
Top photo: Screenshot from BBC video