Siblings seen by half a million in overnight web sensation
A BALSALL Common family has hit headlines all over the world after a 65 second video clip propelled them into overnight Internet stardom.
Parents, Alex and Lee O’Donoghue uploaded a video of their daughter, Delilah giving her two-year-old brother Gabriel a telling off in the hope that it would make family and friends smile.
But they are now battling attention from as far afield as America after the YouTube clip became an overnight hit and attracted over half a million views worldwide.
The 65 second clip shows four-year-old Delilah giving her brother a stern telling off for spitting at another boy in the park after he was reprimanded by his father.
And they could be about to make hundreds of thousands of pounds from the amusing clip in the latest Internet craze for amusing clips of children,.
The parents have signed up with global video marketing company Viral Spiral, which represents hundreds of home-movie makers with the aim of maximising profits from clips posted online.
The couple said they had not decided how to proceed with marketing linked to the video, saying their first concern is the impact any deal would have on their children.
But Mr O’Donoghue and wife Alex, have described the interest in the video as ‘surreal’ after being contacted from companies all over the world.
Lee, a 42-year-old company director, said he began filming on his smartphone when he saw his daughter beginning her telling off. But said he could never have imagined it would bring them this much attention.
“I just spotted it and thought it was comedy gold,” he said.
Mrs O’Donoghue, 40, a teacher, said their daughter was “very bossy” and that she has often gives her little brother a good telling off to teach him life lessons.
During the now famous scolding, Gabriel hangs his head, swings his legs, fidgets with his hands and looks away.
But his sister does not give up, telling him: ‘When Mum and Dad said you don’t do that, you don’t do that... and you don’t spit.’
Referring to the child with whom Gabriel had the playground spat, she adds: ‘That boy’s old enough. You’re only two.
‘You’re not old enough for that boy to... do a fight.
‘That boy’s older than you. Maybe he’s nine or ten...or maybe eight. Think about it, Gabriel. Think about it.’
View the video www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=r-b7d48eA8M
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