Newsreader dons cat filter on air after lawyer’s viral Zoom mishap

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Newsreader dons cat filter on air after lawyer’s viral Zoom mishap

A BBC newscaster put a cat filter on air during a bulletin.

The filter was applied to Reeta Chakrabarti after a report was published on the story of a Texas attorney who went viral for accidentally appearing as a cat in a virtual court hearing.

Chakrabarti appeared upset with her colleagues and said, “Well, they said they would do this to me and they did it.

“It was inevitable, I suppose, and it will give you paws for thought.”

Attorney Rod Ponton went viral Tuesday after struggling to remove a cat filter on Zoom while Judge Roy Ferguson tried to help him out.

After initially being concerned about the reaction to the video, Mr Ponton said he has now made it his business to become an internet sensation.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today program: “It turns out, in hindsight, it’s a good laugh for the country I think.

“I think anyone who has ever struggled with a computer, with Zoom, can see that things like this can happen, and it certainly has to me.”

A repost of the video on Twitter now has more than 28 million views.

Mr Ferguson said what happened was “a simple mistake that could happen to any one of us” and he didn’t want people to “make fun of the lawyer” because of the misfortune.

“It goes hand in hand with efforts by the legal community to continue to represent their clients in these challenging times,” he added.