Ughhhhh, why can’t anything on the internet just be fun anymore?
You’ve probably seen the amazing video that went viral this morning of a man’s appearance on BBC being interrupted by his two hilarious children. It is pretty much the only good thing to happen on the internet in ages, and in this era of constant bad news we desperately need it. We need it so badly.
We did get a few moments to savor the sheer joy over the goofiness of it all. THAT GIRL. THAT BADASS BABY ROLLING IN. It is all just. so. perfect.
And then it happened: Twitter's sizable naysayer community woke up and started to grumble. They began to conclude that the dad reacted badly to this jubilant interruption and was among the worst fathers of all time.
That BBC interview clip would be hilarious, except for little girl getting pushed in the face&fact that her dad's CV reads like a spook's...
— EconinPublic (@SA_public_econ) March 10, 2017
Everyone laughing at these kids interrupting their dad on BBC one but I ain't laughing about the way the eldest was pushed and pulled about
— Abigail Wells (@Gailz96) March 10, 2017
if you find bbc dad cute you probably need 15 years of psychoanalysis.
— leni (@lenikdot) March 10, 2017
The more the day goes on, the more BBC Dad is pissing me off
— kika (@QueenKika) March 10, 2017
That poor kid in the BBC interview. First pushed away by the dad and then the mum/nanny just drags the kid out!
— Elle (@Ellewurm) March 10, 2017
Hmm. Sure it would have been cool if he’d pulled her on his lap and rolled with it. But in fairness, the dude was probably super nervous. A heroic mom recently managed to breastfeed her baby while doing a similar TV segment and didn’t bat an eye when her baby reached up into the frame. But not everyone is as cool under pressure.
BBC Dad turned into Squidward in this moment pic.twitter.com/GtFtTDMe3q
— Mike T (@majtague) March 10, 2017
Also let us consider the very real possibility that Robert E. Kelly (sadly his legal name is not actually "BBC Dad") couldn’t move because he didn't have any pants on under the desk?
Real story of bungled BBC interview is that, like everyone else who has Skyped an interview, he wasn’t wearing pants. Couldn’t stand up.
— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) March 10, 2017
Some have gone so far as to say the video is not funny because it’s the patriarchy in action. By dismissing the kids so casually he somehow telescoped the notion that it was his wife’s responsibility to deal with them and therefore down with all men, etc. etc.
*Backs slowly away from fiery hot take to avoid getting eyebrows scorched off*
Honestly, we have no idea what kind of child-minding arrangement these two had set up in advance of his appearance. He was working after all, and there's nothing wrong with asking your partner to help you pull off a few moments of quiet for professional reasons.
Also he didn’t necessarily know his wife was going to come rushing in to save him. Though you have to hand it to her for some seriously stealth kiddo-wrangling.
Thank goodness some people managed to keep their senses of humor about them as Twitter worked quickly to divide itself into tidy pro- and anti-dad camps.
"BBC Dad held hostage as toddler and baby accomplice go on rampage" pic.twitter.com/NiBnRrINRc
— Savannah L. Barker (@savannah_lb) March 10, 2017
The whole internet loves the BBC pundit kid video! *5 seconds later* We regret to inform you the baby is racist
— david (@davdius) March 10, 2017
turns out one of the babies in the BBC dad video has a criminal record. Shocking turn of events imo
— Bergnal Equinox (@BergoEsBueno) March 10, 2017
when your 3rd eye opens and you realize the mass media only serves to promote hegemonic masculine oppression and capitalist state violence pic.twitter.com/MeqQqVAzsa
— Ryan Broderick (@broderick) March 10, 2017
OK. Let's all take a few cleansing breaths and try not to read too much into this situation.
As anyone who has ever spent any time around children knows: they're unpredictable. It's also impossible to know how you'll react when they do whatever crazy thing you've expressly told them not to do two minutes before. You've just got to do your best not to flip out in the moment.
The bottom line is that this dad just learned the hard way that if you really want to keep kids from barging into your home office, you need to childproof that door.
It was thirty seconds of relatable content for anyone who has worked from home or trying to impress on a call and all hell breaks loose
— jump for your love (@JodiesJumpsuit) March 10, 2017
Regardless of what you think of the dad/the patriarchy/the excruciating pain of human existence, I think we can all agree that this little girl f*cking rules. She’s the most lovable tiny lady in yellow since cotton candy girl.
Took me all morning but I finally figured out who the little BBC girl reminds me of. pic.twitter.com/TUhnk1LaCj
— Madison M. K. (@4evrmalone) March 10, 2017
So sit back and just enjoy it. Something actually terrible and upsetting will come along any minute now.