So recently Pakistani politician Shaukat Yousafzai showed up as a ‘cat’ to a press conference. Actually, it was that smartphone camera’s cat filter to blame which was supposed to livestream the minister’s press conference.
The broadcast of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Minister was shared on various governmental pages, a few of which include: Shaukat Yousafzai’s page and Tehreek-e-Insaf official Facebook pages. Although the broadcast was later removed, social media already pounced on the scene (because screen-grabs are forever!).
International Media Loves It
This incident blew up so big, even International media was all over it. That is not bad at all as social media is actually swooning over how cute this whole ordeal is. Its certainly not a cat-astrophe.
— Khurram Qureshi (@qureshik74) June 20, 2019
In fact, netizens propose this is how we’d like to see our politicians.
I propose all parliamentary proceedings around the world to be recorded with Cat Filters. Please start with the British Parliament! @HouseofCommons @UKHouseofLords @UKParliament https://t.co/7vAJRcEN3m
— अजय/Ajay (@RuralHuman) June 15, 2019
Rather than get his whiskers in a twist, even Shaukat Yousafzai cracked a joke about the situation in an interview with Agence France-Presse.
The Internet surely made light of the situation. Thought they want their politicians to catch-on with the cat filter
I challenge ALL political press conferences in the 🇺🇸 to now use a #catfilter on both sides of the aisle. ‘They say’ that 93% of communication is through body language…so if you look like a cat—take a moment to imagine #politicians attempting to get… https://t.co/5jjMDspJuI
— Todd G Smith (@LaVieDeTodd) June 17, 2019
— Andy Hort (@DevonKiwi) June 17, 2019
— Ashar Kazi (@asharkazi) June 18, 2019
If not a cat, than surely these politicians can use their own ‘spirit filter’ (if you’re a bird, be a bird).
— Kimberly Baker (@bakerkjo) June 18, 2019
— Dr Miller – kids need vaccine too (@drajm) June 18, 2019
— dheeraj (@dheerajbatra) June 17, 2019
Netizens are lobbying to make this standard protocol for all official broadcasts from now on. We think that this will actually compel people to watch the news now and then.
It really was the pur-fect broadcast.
— lemonade trip (@TripLemonade) June 18, 2019
— Buffy Vampire Slayer (@BuffyScratches) June 17, 2019
how do we make this filter mandatory on CSPAN https://t.co/lW13KGdvKO
— shauna (@goldengateblond) June 17, 2019
The media jumped the bandwagon cause why not (for the love of cats).
Cat filter accidentally used in Pakistani minister’s live press conference 🐱https://t.co/kr0hDmwFrn
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 17, 2019
— The Verge (@verge) June 17, 2019
Pakistan's ruling party shared a government live on Facebook, but accidentally added a cat filter onto it. This was the result. 🐱https://t.co/9r2TTLagJt
— News18.com (@news18dotcom) June 15, 2019
— The Daily Star (@dailystarnews) June 16, 2019
— BGR.com (@BGR) June 18, 2019
Pakistani political press conference accidentally live-streamed with cat filter https://t.co/oRWScjXLOm
— ABC News (@abcnews) June 17, 2019
— Mashable (@mashable) June 18, 2019
Of course, the Japanese loved it too. It is the land of ‘Kawaii‘ (cuteness) after all.
猫耳大臣、ＳＮＳで瞬く間に拡散 会見生中継、撮影ミス https://t.co/pNWfB1gc0w
— 朝日新聞(asahi shimbun） (@asahi) June 17, 2019
Some did get their claws out but avoided getting into a cat-fight.
Cat-astrophe: A Pakistani minister's press conference was accidentally live streamed with a cat filter turned on. Yousuf Shaukat Zai's social media team responded by saying it was simply a case of "human error" – which is a pretty easy mistake to make, right? #TheLatest #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/IxYrhpc07G
— 7NEWS Sydney (@7NewsSydney) June 17, 2019
The general ruling was clearly ‘cute.’ We can chalk this cat filter video up as a win for Pakistan on international media.