Latest web craze: ‘dad’ from BBC, ‘mom’ from South Korea and ‘toddler’ on air
Last week, I was closely watching the internet shenanigans of two ladies from South Korea. One of them was Marion, 4, and the other, Park Geun-hye, 65.
It all started with Professor Robert Kelly, a political analyst, who had tarnished his name in a matter of moments and has thus come to be known as ‘the dad from BBC’.
Robert Kelly was telling BBC via Skype about the impeachment of South Korean President, Park Geun-hye, when all of a sudden his daughter Marion, wearing a yellow dress, made her way into the room, closely followed by her younger brother who skidded in with his baby-walker, and finally, an out-of-breath mom, trying her best to remedy the situation. Unfortunately for them, the TV audience had lost interest in the South Korean President’s fate, instead focusing on the spectacle that was unfolding right in front of them, thus resulting in the ‘dad from BBC’’s crowning moment .
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Kelly tried to politely apologize on air, but by then it had been too late. Everyone wanted to see the kids, insisting that the show had to go on. The professor has also apologized in writing to the BBC. The producer said: ‘It’s ok, let us just circulate this material.’ The video, witch featured the family’s minor little incident, was viewed by 86 million people within a couple of days. The BBC contacted the now world-renowned dad for a second time and so, the loving family that had derailed the impeachment news once again appeared on air.
The world mass media were sated with the news about BBC dad for five days. Many dispatched their reporters to his yard, as well as to Pusan University, where the expert on South Korea issues is employed. The Kelly family had to hold yet another conference for international Mass Media.
The dad explained why his 4-year-old daughter was in such a ‘hippity-hoppity’ mood: her nursery school party had been such a success that she decided to repeat it at home. People started asking many new questions, and the most important of them being ‘was the professor wearing pants?’. As the Wall Street Journal had found out – he wasn’t. The Professor of Political Sciences dressed for the interview only from the waist up.
Many found Marion’s attire very endearing; similar clothes were offered on the Internet for around US$1,360. New videos and animated films were also released. Meanwhile, justice was quietly served and South Korean President was dismissed within a couple of days. Ms. Park Geun-hye was accused of a multi-million dollar bribery. Her friend, a major decision-maker on national issues, was also involved in the case.
‘Is this our country?’ repeated thousands of protesters, who opposed their president’s further being in power. When the Constitutional Court ordered to dismiss the bribe-taking President, banning her access to the presidential residence, the rally participants raised new posters: ‘Yes, that’s our country!’ The President’s best friend, whom she has been on friendly terms with for over 40 years, also faced trial.
Their names have since been played up in mass media again. As for the dad from BBC, it will take him time to restore his name on air.
P.S. Then quite a natural question was asked: ‘What would have happened if it had been mom instead of dad?’ Internet has already answered this question.