A feminist is apparently upset about a viral video that shows a BBC presenter being interrupted by his children mid-interview.
First, here’s the video for context.
Pretty funny, right?
Not to one feminist.
In an article titled “The BBC pundit’s children video is NOT FUNNY. It’s patriarchy in a nutshell,” New Statesman writer Moley Tant builds a case against the viral video.
“I can’t enjoy it,” Moley declares. “Basically the message this video delivers to me is: being a man is playing life on the easy setting. Once again, the yawning awareness of the patriarchy shits on my ability to enjoy something.”
Moley goes on to argue that if a woman had pushed away her child as the presenter – Robert Kelly – had, “we wouldn’t be sharing the video while wiping tears of laughter from our eyes.”
“We’d be knee-deep in a tedious discussion about whether she’s a terrible mother and whether her career of Korea Takes was leading her to ignore the small, simple pleasures of watching a child dance like a loon.”
Moley also states that when Robert pushed his toddler back he did so “with the easy reassurance of someone who knows that another person is going to swoop in and deal with the kids.”
“True equality will not have been achieved until we see a father desperately clawing at a baby wheeler while a woman talks about the rising threat of nuclear war,” she wraps up.
For the most part, thankfully, this analysis of the viral video has received harsh criticism.
@ns_media That is probably the single dumbest tweet I’ve ever seen in my life.
— Professor Flynn (@ProfessorFlynn) March 10, 2017
@ns_media I have actually HAD to wrangle my child while my wife was on a business call. Not sure what part of this shows patriarchy.
— Mark Schilling (@markjschilling) March 10, 2017
@ns_media what an embarrassing comment to get attention. You must me some laugh at parties.
— Smudge. (@GGS80) March 10, 2017
Several people also pointed out that the Media Mole account had tweeted out a story praising the video just hours before.
— Chet Cannon (@Chet_Cannon) March 10, 2017
— Sean Mitchell (@scm021374) March 10, 2017