Zoom meeting mishaps have become a regular part of many of our lives over the past year as we all adjusted to an even-more tech-filled workplace. Poor internet connections, forgetting to unmute yourself, classroom mishaps, or having kids interrupt Zoom calls — these are normal if annoying things that have happened to us all. But a virtual courtroom hearing took it to a whole other level in a viral video when Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton could not figure out how to turn off a cat filter, making him appear like a cute little kitty in a court hearing when he was simply trying to practice law as he kept apologizing and trying to switch it off.
Ponton spent about 30 seconds attempting to figure out how to get the filter to go away with some help from his assistant and 394th Judicial District Court Judge Roy Ferguson. But the longer the hilarious fiasco went on, the funnier the whole thing became, as a few other lawyers in the zoom meeting couldn’t help but smile.
“I’m prepared to go forward with it. I’m here live, I’m not a cat,” Ponton said.
“I can see that,” Judge Ferguson responded.
“I’m here live, I’m not a cat,” says lawyer after Zoom filter mishap
“I can see that,” responds judge pic.twitter.com/HclKlAUwbM
— Lawrence Hurley (@lawrencehurley) February 9, 2021
Thankfully (for us, though maybe not for Ponton) the entire incident was recorded, and shortly after it made its way online, lawyer cat had gone viral. The clip has been viewed millions of times on Twitter in less than 24 hours while becoming the inspiration for thousands of memes and jokes.
According to Ponton, he was using his assistant’s laptop and did not realize that the filter would be there when he joined the call. Let this be a reminder to all laptop users who might share their laptops with, say, their kids, to check their Zoom settings before they enter a Zoom meeting. He told The New York Times that he was “mortified” by the incident but ultimately he managed to see the humor in all of it, which is great, because no one is laughing at him, per se. We’re all just glad for a little bit of joy.
“If I can make the country chuckle for a moment in these difficult times they’re going through, I’m happy to let them do that at my expense,” Ponton said.
It’s good to hear that Ponton was able to take the whole thing in stride. After all, as far as Zoom faux pas go, looking like a cat is pretty low on the list.