A New Zealand cabinet minister has become the latest public figure to be embarrassed by an unfortunate incident involving a video call after her live TV interview was interrupted by her son, who entered the room excitedly brandishing a phallic carrot.
Carmel Sepuloni, the minister for social development, was doing a live Zoom interview with Radio Samoa when her grinning son burst through the door behind her, holding an oddly shaped carrot he’d apparently found among the groceries.
The video is a top-shelf addition to the canon of remote television interviews being interrupted by irrepressible children – a genre that’s become increasingly common in the age of Covid-19, as interviews and meetings transition to video-calling.
“That moment when you’re doing a LIVE interview via Zoom & your son walks into the room shouting & holding a deformed carrot shaped like a male body part,” Sepuloni tweeted with a video of the incident. “Yes, we were almost wrestling over a carrot on camera, and yes, I’m laughing about it now but wasn’t at the time!”
New Zealand remains in a level 4 inperking, where all but essential workers are staying at home and schools across the country are closed.
Sepuloni gave a shout-out to other parents juggling home schooling and remote work. “A big ups to all our parents working from home and parenting at the same time – I see you!”
“Note to self: I will never buy the odd shaped carrot pack again.”
The most famous examples of the genre of television interviews interrupted by children include that of Prof Robert Kelly, whose children wandered in as he was live on the BBC talking about South Korean politics, and that of Sky News foreign affairs editor Deborah Haynes, whose son demanded “two biscuits” during her live report.