On Friday, Nov. 6, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro was in the middle of talking about the presidential election on live TV when something uncanny happened: Shapiro’s son accidentally walked into the frame. By now, we’re familiar with versions of the iconic “BBC Dad” scene, but the gaffe became viral for good reason. The chaotic energy of the moment matched the tension of this year’s presidential elections, which took several long, long, long, days before Biden was finally determined to be the President-Elect.
The actual moment when Shapiro’s son, Jonah, realized that his dad was doing an interview is pretty priceless, although his actual appearance only lasted a few seconds and his dad didn’t notice a thing at the time. Jonah didn’t seem to see the interview at first because he was looking down at his phone, but once he did, he stared at the camera more or less frozen, and then slowly walked backward out of the frame, as if nothing had happened.
Social media folks were quick to notice that Jonah’s slow, only slightly embarrassed walk out of sight is reminiscent of the iconic Homer Simpson meme, where a petrified Homer walks backward into a bush to try and unsuccessfully hide.
Josh Shapiro’s son just walked into the room during the AG’s live hit with MSNBC. Pulled a total: pic.twitter.com/DwrHgVfPIb
— Russ Walker (@russ_walker) November 7, 2020
— Rachel Cullen (@rachelcullen201) November 7, 2020
Someone also pointed out, however, that Jonah’s hiding sort of looks like this viral Tracy Jordan moment on 30 Rock:
That was so good. pic.twitter.com/8kHgFOdrDl
— NHLtoSeattle (@NHLtoSeattle) November 7, 2020
And TikTokers couldn’t stop laughing at the cathartic meme:
Even the Ghostbusters and former SNL star Leslie Jones joined in on the fun.
YOOOOOO THAT IS FUNNY!! He didn’t even flinch lol pic.twitter.com/c8N2pVZz90
— Leslie Jones 🦋 (@Lesdoggg) November 7, 2020
Clearly, Jonah’s unintentional appearance broke through his dad’s artfully curated Zoom backdrop, which, as many folks on Twitter user pointed out, included an incredible RBG menorah and a toy USPS truck.
— carla lalli music (@lallimusic) November 5, 2020
With more families working from home now, we can probably expect more viral moments of kids accidentally disturbing their parents’ live TV interviews, like Josh and Jonah’s. And even Dad is in on the joke.
I’m taking his phone away for 24 hours. 😂 https://t.co/1OYI8N4LwV
— Josh Shapiro (@JoshShapiroPA) November 7, 2020
Part of the takeaway from this gaffe is how calm, even bored, Jonah is. At this point, enough kids have crashed parents’ interviews so now it is a fairly normal occurrence: and it was certainly only a small blip in this election cycle’s dramatics.
This bored child gets it pic.twitter.com/hrCpJdovAM
— Matt Berman (@Mr_Berman) November 7, 2020