In a Facebook live stream of regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai, from the provincial government of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, speaking with journalists went viral recently for the most epic and hilarious reason possible. The viewer count of the live stream went through the roof after somebody who was in charge of streaming it forgot to turn off the cat filter.
As a result, Yousafzai and a few other politicians sprouted kitty-cat features like furry, pointy ears and whiskers, causing an uproar of humor in the comment section. As comments rushed in heaps to the tune of, “Shaukat Yousafzai looks like a cat – Meow meow meow," the live stream continued.
An AFP reporter caught a glimpse of it but minutes after the press conference ended, it was deleted from the official Facebook page of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party (that's the party in power in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.)
In a statement on Twitter, the party addressed the sensation:
Yesterday, while covering a press briefing held by KP's Information Minister Shoukat Yousf Zai, a 'cat filter' was witnessed by the viewers which was removed within a few minutes.
According to CNN:
The statement added that the party's "social media team is deemed to be the pioneers of Social Media in Pakistan. We ... pride ourselves in bringing Pakistani politics to (the) internet."
The party "probed the matter first hand" and discovered that human error was to blame, they said, adding that "all necessary actions have been taken to avoid such incident in future."
Yousafzai joked to Agence France-Presse:
I wasn't the only one -- two officials sitting along me were also hit by the cat filter!
The actual video footage may have been quickly deleted, but you cannot erase screenshots from the Internet!
Cat in the Cabinet!
This could be the new thing.
What a great way to cheer up, right?
Not every mistake needs to go away.
This will be the most popular filter, ever.
This is the sort of blunder that will continue to give us hilarious reactions for awhile.
How do you even get mad about something like this? You can't.
This is precisely the sort of thing the Internet eats up like candy.
When it comes to cats and government themed "oopsies," we have no shortage of laughter to respond with.
Which, quite frankly, given how dark and depressing government news tends to be these days, don't we all deserve a chuckle this hard?
Reality is often disappointing. But not this time!
The truth: exposed!
Some mistakes cannot be recovered from, but they can be embraced with a heaping dose of humor.
Anyway, would you like to see your government officials sprouting cat ears and whiskers? It might liven things up a bit, don't you think?
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