Kid crashes CNN report, pulls funny faces

Bernadette Chua, ninemsn
2:46pm December 5, 2012
December 05, 2012: A four-year-old boy who appeared on a CNN report with his mother hijacked the show by pulling funny faces

A young boy in the US hijacked a CNN news broadcast by pulling funny faces while his mother and sister were being interviewed about gender-neutral toy marketing.

Four-year-old Gavin Pope sat on his mother's lap while he poked his tongue out, waved his arms and cheekily grinned for the camera as his 13-year-old sister McKenna Pope spoke to news anchor Ashleigh Banfield on Tuesday.

McKenna was appearing on the show because she collected 25,000 signatures to change the packaging of a toy oven to feature boys.

Her mother, Erica Boscio, was also being interviewed, but each time she was asked a question her outgoing son climbed over her and stole the show.

Gavin was included in the TV appearance because he inspired McKenna to start the petition in the first place.

The teenager told Banfield her brother wanted a Hasbro Easy-Bake Oven but felt conflicted about getting one because he believed it was only for girls.

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"He likes to cook and he likes to bake but he doesn't think Easy Bake is for boys," she told Banfield.

"I think it's the way Hasbro markets their toys. The commercials always show girls cooking with their mothers and it only comes in two colours – pink and purple."

Gavin is featured in a video on her website www.change.org, explaining that he can only see little girls in the Easy-Bake Oven commercials.

Hasbro issued a statement saying it had used images of boys and girls on product packaging in recent years.

Sources: BuzzFeed, CNN Newsroom
Author: Bernadette Chua, Approving editor: Fiona Willan

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