Last week, I was filming videos for a journalism assignment and in one of them my friend got in the background. It struck me as funny because most people watching the video wouldn’t even realize my friend was walking through the frame. People in the backgrounds of videos have been in the news a lot recently after a professor giving an interview on BBC was interrupted by his children. The video went viral. It made me think of a similar viral video of a cat walking onto a live broadcast from a Turkish news organization. Whether in the home or in the studio, we may be seeing interruptions to broadcasts even more these days. Here’s a list of some other people who could crash a live interview or broadcast.
- The Russians. They seem to be everywhere these days, from hacking Yahoo accounts to meddling in the U.S. election. Don’t be surprised if, during an interview, a Russian ambassador just strolls past. Everyone who meets with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak seems to forget about the meeting, anyways, so maybe we wouldn’t even remember that the broadcast interruption happened.
- Melissa McCarthy, as Sean Spicer, with her podium. Sean Spicer himself is probably too busy trying to figure out how to answer questions about Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims. Melissa McCarthy, however, has been praised for her performance as Spicer on SNL. She played the part perfectly, running angrily at journalists while holding her podium. Maybe one day she’ll forget to break character and run through a live broadcast, podium and all.
- The president of Iceland holding a pizza, sans pineapples. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have probably heard of this bizarre story: the president of Iceland said that, if he could, he would ban pineapples on pizza. A fierce debate ensued about the pizza topping. I can definitely see the president walking around with a pizza, even through a broadcast, trying to convince people that it is better without pineapples.
- Barack Obama. Specifically, Barack Obama in his new jeans and leather jacket, which have taken the Internet by storm. Obama looks pretty happy in the photos of him sporting his new outfit, so it’s not a stretch to assume that he’d want to parade the look around, even in the background of a live television interview.
- Ed Sheeran. He’s another person who seems to be everywhere these days, from being on the radio with songs from his new album to guest starring on “Game of Thrones”. If Ed and his guitar happened to saunter through the background of a broadcast, it certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world. But, hey, I’m just thinking out loud on that one…
- The cast of La La Land — no, wait, the cast of Moonlight. Anyone else still not over that Oscars gaffe? I haven’t seen Moonlight, but from what I’ve read online and heard from friends its Best Picture win was an important recognition of diversity in film. And, after thinking they lost to La La Land only to find out they actually won, the cast of Moonlight has lots to celebrate. Perhaps their celebrations have continued into March, and could continue into the background of a broadcast.
That the video of the professor’s children interrupting his interview went viral is indicative of the nature of 2017 thus far. Many things happening in the world are concerning, and when the serious discussions are interrupted with some lighthearted fun, people love it. Who knows? Maybe we will be seeing more on-screen interruptions this year. I think it would be hard to beat the hilarity of the children bursting in on their dad’s live interview, though.