Cat ear filter strikes again: Canadian police red-faced over ‘cutiefied’ brief on homicide
The gaffe happened in British Columbia when police were updating the public on their probe into the deaths of Australian national Lucas Fowler and his girlfriend Chynna Deese earlier this week. The authorities confirmed they were murdered.
The Friday press conference was livestreamed, and a filter that added cartoonish cat ears to the spokesperson was switched on by mistake. Journalist Tyler Dawson of Canada’s National Post posted a screen grab on Twitter.
The RCMP apologized for what they said was a mistake due to an “automatic setting” for the livestream.
Yes we are aware and addressing it as it's an automatic setting. Thank you, we will rectify and issue a video shortly.— BCRCMP (@BCRCMP) 19 июля 2019 г.
Earlier in June, a similar embarrassment occurred with a Pakistani politician who delivered a press conference unaware that those watching him online saw a pair of pink cat ears and whiskers over his face.
The Canadian flop will probably not be appreciated by the family of the two deceased individuals. But some commenters found it quite cute…
It's too cute, so I just HAD to draw this! I hope Japan will do the same :3 pic.twitter.com/UgBzu9sL61— 🇷 🇦 🇩 🇮 🇦 🇳 🇹 (@radiant_dreamer) 20 июля 2019 г.
…and not as bad as what the Metropolitan Police in London had to deal with earlier this week when their official Twitter account was apparently hacked.Also on rt.com Puss conference: Pakistani politicians give media address with Facebook CAT FILTER enabled