So I got this video from a friend the other night, and he was wondering two things: just what it was the guy was doing to the kid, and just why was it that a director took this shot. I've got some answers regarding the director portions.
But first, the video...
You're thinking, why did the director take this shot? I think I have the answer. I never worked in a TV truck, but I did work with the Dome DiamondVision crew for many years, so I know how the thinking went. The director had about eight or nine monitors in front of him, each of a different camera with a different shot. So he's watching the shot he's on, trying to find something else. He finds a shot of a father and his child in the stands, and they're very excited about what's just happened. So he lines up that shot on his board. He checks his current shot, then starts looking for his next shot since he's already got his father/son moment lined-up.
He's watching his current shot, waiting for the moment to cut to the father/son, he cuts, and starts checking the next shot he's got lined up, waiting for the camera to line up, and then he looks back to father/son, sees this nonsense, then cuts away the first chance he gets because this is the first he's seeing of the nonsense.
See, it's just that simple. The director wasn't looking for an bizarre crowd reaction. He had a nice shot lined up and forgot about it while he focused on finding other shots to take its place.