We live in an interesting time. It might be easy to complain about the changes that have happened ever since COVID-19 hit the scene, but it’s not helpful. What’s helpful is laughter. There is definitely truth to the saying laughter is the best medicine, and a hilarious video that has gone viral has us laughing so hard we’re fighting back tears.

A year ago, many of us had never even heard of Zoom, but now, it’s part of our daily lives. Without virtual meetings, we’re not sure how our society would survive. We use Zoom for school, work and socializing. Judges and lawyers even use Zoom to hold virtual court cases.

With technology, there is always a little bit of a learning curve. After we learned how to use Zoom, many people started playing with backgrounds and filters to make the experience a little bit more fun. While that might be fun, for serious situations, like business meetings and court cases, it’s probably best to keep the filters turned off.

Recently, during a virtual hearing in Texas, Judge Roy Ferguson noticed that one of the lawyers who joined the meeting looked a little bit unusual. In fact, he looked like a gray and white kitten. Although adorable, the judge was positive that this cat was not the real Rod Ponton.

Ferguson spoke up saying, “Mr Ponton I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings.” Meanwhile, Ponton, disguised as a kitten, looked pretty shocked.

The kitten nodded, talked and matched the expressions of the real Ponton, but it was still a kitten and this was a hearing. Ponton said that his assistant was trying to remove the filter, but “I’m prepared to go forward with it. I’m here live. I’m not a cat.”

For more about this hilarious Zoom mishap, and to learn Judge Ferguson’s advice to make sure you don’t get stuck with an accidental filter during an important meeting, watch the video below.

As mentioned in the video, Judge Ferguson tweeted the video to share Zoom advice as well as a laugh, and to show that no matter what, the legal community is dedicated to justice.

Be sure to watch the video again and pay attention to the other men who joined the meeting. Attorney Jerry L. Phillips looks like he’s having a hard time not laughing at the cat filter. Meanwhile, lawyer H. Gibbs Bauer puts on his glasses and squints at the screen as soon as the judge mentions the cat filter. Apparently, he wanted to get a better look at what was going on.

Have you ever played with filters on Zoom? Do you know how to turn filters off?