‘I’m not a cat’: Lawyer tries to explain Zoom filter to judge

Story by CBC Kids News • 2021-02-10 16:00

Top-trending YouTube video after only one day

Before you hand that laptop or tablet back to your mom, maybe do the kind thing and turn off any filters.

Or else she might pop up in her next virtual work meeting looking a bit impurr-fect.

That’s what happened to a lawyer in Texas who attended a court hearing via Zoom recently.

“I’m here live. I’m not a cat.” - Attorney Rod Ponton

He popped up on screen looking a lot like a fluffy, white kitten and had to scramble to figure out how to turn the Zoom filter off.

A 42-second video of that moment was the top-trending YouTube video on Feb. 10, with more than four million views after only one day.

Click play to see exactly what happened!

(Video credit: Kitten Zoom Filter Mishap/349th District Court of Texas/YouTube)

“I’m here live. I’m not a cat,” Presidio County Attorney Rod Ponton says to the judge in the video.

“I can see that,” Judge Roy Ferguson said in response.

Ferguson ended up sharing the moment on his Twitter feed with a note that everyone involved handled the incident “with dignity.”

“The filtered lawyer showed incredible grace,” he tweeted. “True professionalism all around!”

Tweet from judge Roy Ferguson says important zoom tip: if a child used your computer, before you join a virtual hearing check the zoom video options to make sure filters are off.

Ferguson said fun moments like this one are proof that lawyers and judges are committed to making sure the justice system keeps working at a time when many have to work remotely to get around COVID-19 restrictions.

As for Ponton, he said he’s been swamped with interview requests from all over the world ever since he made that unfur-getable appearance.


With files from The Associated Press
TOP IMAGE CREDIT: (Texas Department of Criminal Justice/The Associated Press)

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