Robert E Kelly, an academic from South Korean University probably did not wake up on Friday thinking he and his family would be internet sensations for the day. But a little videobombing by his kids, and frenzied wife ensured that that's exactly what happened.
Kelly was live on air with BBC, talking about South Korean politics. Serious stuff, right?
Not to Kelly's child, who opened the door of the room Kelly was in and walked in with complete and unabashed swag. Wearing a bright yellow jumper and spectacles, the child walks in, pushing an elbow up with each step.
The interviewer warns Kelly that he has got company in the room, even as Kelly tries to keep a straight face and the focus on politics.
If this wasn't enough, cue in the second child's entry - wheeling in this time on a walker. This is followed by Kelly's frenzied wife, Jung-a Kim, who realises that the children have escaped right into their father's live interview!
Horrified, she unceremoniously half ushers, half drags the kids out of the room, who clearly do not want to leave the room.
Kelly mutters "my apologies" this entire time, until his wife succeeds and shuts the door (the kids can be heard wailing outside).
The video was so amusing that Kelly was asked if he would object to BBC News using the clip.
@David_Waddell What would that mean, please? Re-broadcasting it on BBC TV, or just here on Twitter? Is this kinda thing that goes 'viral' and gets weird?â€” Robert E Kelly (@Robert_E_Kelly) March 10, 2017
The video went viral of course with many people assuming that Kim was actually Kelly's nanny. This sparked a debate on social media about the stereotypes about Asian women.
â€śThere are stereotypes of Asian women as servile, as passive, as fulfilling some kind of service role,â€ť Phil Yu, a blogger at Angry Asian Man told Jessica Roy for LA Times. â€śPeople were quick to make that assumption,â€ť he added.
Man interviewed by BBC interrupted by his adorable kids, then horrified nanny https://t.co/ZoC2f7hQatâ€” Metro (@MetroUK) March 10, 2017
Today one of the funniest most charming videos showed me that we have way more work to do than I ever thought.â€” roxane gay (@rgay) March 10, 2017
I'm crushed tht #notTheNanny is needed. Saddest thing? I wonder, had I not known she were Mom, whether I'd have thought she were the nanny.â€” Annie Tan (@AngryTeachr) March 11, 2017
Because, get this, Asian American women get that racism internalized. It's ugly and I'm trying to unlearn it with my fam. I am #notTheNanny.â€” Annie Tan (@AngryTeachr) March 11, 2017
I still sometimes get asked "is she yours?" Or when kid was younger "your baby?" Yes the blond child is my baby. #notthenannyâ€” Melissa de la Cruz (@MelissadelaCruz) March 11, 2017
Better to acknowledge it and move forward to the next opportunity to not be racist. #notthenanny /endâ€” sugarleg (@CitizenJustine) March 11, 2017