New Zealand Minister’s son interrupts Zoom interview with a ‘male body part’-shaped carrot – USA TODAY

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Working from home might offer advantages for parents who can’t commute and want more flexibility. The downside? Your kid might fly a phallic-shaped carrot around in the back of your Zoom meeting.

That’s exactly what happened to New Zealand’s minister for social development, Carmel Sepuloni. While doing a live Zoom interview with Radio Samoa in Manukau, New Zealand, her child rushed through the door waving around a carrot.

Sepuloni was in the middle of answering a question, and before she could make it clear that waving a carrot around on camera wasn’t a good idea, her son had already flashed the unusually shaped vegetable. 

“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 said in a tweet. “Yes, we were almost wrestling over a carrot on camera, and yes, I’m laughing about it now but I wasn’t at the time!”

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She added that while it wasn’t funny at the time, it is now, and she gave a shout-out to parents working from home.

“A big up’s to all our parents working from home and parenting at the same time – I see you!”

She added, “Note to self: I will never buy the odd shaped carrot pack again.”

One of the most well-known child interruptions on a Zoom call goes to Professor Robert Kelly, whose children came bursting through the door while discussing South Korean politics during an interview on BBC in 2017.

Sepuloni joined the New Zealand Parliament in 2008 as a list member and was sworn into her current role in 2020. She is the first person of Tongan descent to serve in Parliament. 

New Zealand went back into lockdown on Aug. 17 after it detected a single COVID-19 case assumed to be from the delta coronavirus variant. .  

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