IT WAS THE interview that was seen around the world, and made an internet star of its main background character.
Professor Robert E Kelly’s interview on BBC has spawned countless parody videos – but none of them have sparked a reaction like New Zealand comedians Jono and Ben’s version this weekend.
Which sets the interview from the perspective of a “working woman”
Since sharing it on Thursday, the parody has been viewed 34 million times on Facebook and 13 million times on YouTube.
More and more ridiculous situations occur in the background, and they’re handled with ease: “We have all see the BBC interview where the babies walked in. But what if it happened to the mother?”
BBC News has been in touch in the comments with a tongue-in-cheek response
It’s been the source of a heated debate about whether it’s sexist itself – despite it clearly being a parody. It has one of the worst downvotes to upvotes ratios you’re likely to see on YouTube to boot.
Some of the comments underneath the Facebook video are attracting thousands of likes themselves:
All this is saying is women can successfully multitask then men.. shares more burden then men.. works more hours then men.. all this is true.. proved by science.. so enjoy it and accept the reality; don’t take it as an offensive video
Imagine if the original situation had been a woman and then you made this video with a man. You’d all be screaming sexism. Just a prime example of sexism being socially acceptable if it’s men shown in a bad light.
An argument has been made that the clearly ridiculous scenarios included are a response to the original criticism of Kelly – and that it was just unrealistic to expect him to parent perfectly on live TV, so this is taking the piss out of that aspect.
The Guardian has noted that the Jono and Ben clip has been accused of being a “classic example of man-bashing” but that others have said it was an accurate and amusing reflection of a working mother’s life.
But really, probably the best comments on this have been parodying the original outrage:
Am I the only person who doesn’t think this is funny, she barely looked at her poor distressed husband who couldn’t find his sock
The interview that launched a thousand moral arguments just keeps on giving.
Jono and Ben haven’t commented on the furore – they just dropped the bomb and left it well alone.
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