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Backlash to BBC video is internet at its worst

Viral clip stirs healthy talk of social issues

 YouTube screen shot of BBC interview clip

The viral video clip showing children interrupting their father's BBC interview has inspired backlash that shows the internet at its worst. The extreme comments that viewers have made about the political analyst and father, David E. Kelly, and he and his wife's reaction to the children are negative, judgemental and even racist, writes Caralynn Lippo in Redbook. This clip, says Lippo, is an example of how the internet exacerbates a societal problem of allowing people to make wrong assumptions about others and to impose their views of what's right and wrong.

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The viral video clip of Robert E. Kelly's children crashing his live BBC interview has opened up healthy and welcome discussion about relevant social issues.  While the clip inspired a wide variety of comments, ranging from positive to racist, they also touched on timely topics regarding how society views professionals who work from home, parenting, how children are treated, interracial relationships, and the demands of increasing globalization, writes Aja Romano in Vox. That such a "harmless" video clip turns out to have so much cultural relevance is positive as it brings people together over the internet for geniune discussion.

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