Jacinda Ardern and Carmel Sepuloni (R)
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A New Zealand cabinet minister has become the latest public figure to be caught off guard and embarrassed by an unfortunate incident involving a video call.

According to The Guardian, the incident happened when Carmel Sepuloni, the Minister for Social Development, was doing a live Zoom interview with Radio Samoa, when her grinning son busted through the door behind her, holding an oddly shaped carrot that he found among the groceries.

The Minister was surprised and she immediately attempted to tell him that she was doing an interview but, by then, he had already waved the phallic-shaped carrot in front of the camera. She attempted to grab the carrot from her son, who held it up high to the camera twice. The mother and son almost wrestled with the deformed carrot for a while, as the boy tried to show it on camera again before leaving the room, reported New Zealand Herald.

“That moment when you’re doing a live interview via Zoom and your son walks into the room shouting and 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!”

“A big ups to all our parents working from home and parSepuloni enting at the same time – I see you!” said Sepuloni after she gave a shout-out to other parents juggling homeschooling and remote work.

“Note to self: I will never buy the odd-shaped carrot pack again," Sepuloni then said in her follow up tweet.

Due to the unprecedented circumstances brought by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, working from home with children during a pandemic is no mean feat. However, sometimes it can be a hilarious. The video is a classic example of remote television interviews being interrupted by irrepressible children – a trend that’s become increasingly common in the age of COVID-19 as interviews and meetings transition to the digital space.

New Zealand remains in level 4 lockdown, where all but essential workers are staying at home and schools across the country are closed. ​​

Carmel Sepuloni and Damien O'Connor
Carmel Sepuloni talks to Damien O'Connor during the first cabinet meeting since the election at Parliament on November 06, 2020 in Wellington, New Zealand. Labour's Jacinda Ardern claimed a second term as prime minister after claiming a majority in the 2020 New Zealand General Election on Saturday 17 October, claiming 64 seats. Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images

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