In relation with the impeachment of South Korea’s former president Park, the interruption during Busan University Professor, Robert Kelly’s interview with BBC News Live is on a racial, gender controversy as some media sources introduced his Korean wife as a ‘nanny’.
BBC World News streamed a live video interview with Professor Kelly from Busan University about the effects President Park’s expulsion will bring in relations between South and North Korea. During the interview, Professor Kelly’s daughter interrupted by dancing into the room and the baby brother also entered in a baby walker, a hilarious moment that went viral on the internet. Kelly’s wife JungA Kim then rushed into the room and took her kids out while the daughter kept fussing “Why mom, why?” Professor Kelly, caught off guard miscalled Korea as North Korea adding some more laughs to the interview. After Kim went out with the kids, Professor Kelly then was able to apologize to the viewers and the interview went on
This forty-three-second-long video that was posted on BBC’s facebook was played over fifty million times taking over the internet. But the controversy was brought up when some media sources introduced the video by calling Kim the ‘nanny’. BBC later criticized in a follow-up article by asking “Why would people and some media think that Professor Kelly’s wife would be a nanny?”
BBC confronted online reactions such as “the nanny’s going to lose her job” by clearly stating “The women in the video is JungA Kim, the wife of Professor Robert Kelly from Busan University”. Pointing out that such comments are strong prejudices against race even when the child who interrupted the interview said ‘why mom, why’ in Korean.