A video of an attorney having a cat filter mishap went viral after the court posted the clip on YouTube. The lawyer accidentally left a cat filter on during a Zoom Livestream of courtroom proceedings in Texas. In the video, the lawyer appeared as a cat on the screen.
Everyone in the Zoom meeting was surprised after a ‘cat’ joined in the virtual courtroom. Judge Roy B. Ferguson of the 394th Judicial District Court of Texas addressed the lawyer Rod Ponton very calmly. He asked Ponton to adjust his zoom settings. However, the lawyer was unable to remove the cat filter.
“Mr. Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings,” the Judge said. Lawyer Rod Ponton’s face with the cat filter became a viral sensation.
Ponton i.e. the kitten answered in a panic, saying: “Can you hear me, judge?”
Ferguson responded: “I can hear you. I think it’s a filter …”
“It is,” Ponton responded. “And I don’t know how to remove it. I’ve got my assistant here, she’s trying to. But I’m prepared to go forward with it … I’m here live. I’m not a cat.”
Ferguson deadpanned: “I can see that.”
Furthermore, the Lawyer proceeded with the hearing despite the mishap. Judge Ferguson understood that this was just accidental and joked about the incident on Twitter.
He wrote, “If a child used your computer before you join a virtual hearing check the ‘Zoom video options’ to be sure filters are off.”
Moreover, he appreciated the professionalism shown by everyone else in the virtual meeting. Despite the funny incident, no one laughed or mocked the lawyer for the cat filter mishap.
“It did actually happen. There was no joke involved,” Ferguson told CNN.
This is an important lesson for us all. Remember to check your Zoom settings before turning your camera on during a meeting!