Ah, those crazy Cannucks.
While streaming a press conference on a very serious matter, a double homicide, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police inadvertently included a “cat filter,” which attached cat ears and whiskers to the police officer speaking.
The B.C. RCMP are giving a press conference on the two people murdered on the Alaska Highway, and they have the cat ear filter on. pic.twitter.com/j8GvkvKA4u
— Tyler Dawson (@tylerrdawson) July 19, 2019
The crime involved the killing of an American woman and her Australian boyfriend.
Sgt. Janelle Shoihet, Media Relations Officer for the Royal Mounted Canadian Police of British Columbia, identified the victims in a release as Chynna Noelle Deese, from the U.S., and Lucas Robertson Fowler from Australia.
The Facebook Live video was automatically set to apply the cat filter, the BC RCMP explained afterwards — they also apologized for the error, according to The Hill.
“Yes we are aware and addressing it as it’s an automatic setting,” said a tweet from the law enforcement agency. “Thank you, we will rectify and issue a video shortly.”
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) July 19, 2019
But even that was ridiculed by snarky Twitter users — one asked, “Are you going to fix that right meow?”
Are you going to fix that right meow?
— Ben Beecher (@Kanja) July 19, 2019
Not that folks are looking to make light of the death of two people. In fact, given the gravity of the situation, the cat filter stood out even more as a major blunder.
The real question being who is the sap who altered the settings to automatically add the cat ears and whiskers?
As bad as it was, for one social media user, it was “Still better” than Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau breaking out some awkward dance moves while in India.
Still better than this… pic.twitter.com/C3WxBBWd9H
— Paul (@Southie777) July 20, 2019
Another social media user commented on how the family of the deceased must feel about the blunder — this being the same folks they must rely on to solve the terrible crime.
“Honestly, devastated families are watching these clowns beclown themselves; they’re reliant on them to solve the murders,” the tweet read.
Honestly, devastated families are watching these clowns beclown themselves; they’re reliant on them to solve the murders
— Another’s Rhubarb (@anothersrhubarb) July 20, 2019
Directing their snark at the Mounted Police, many of the jokes wrote themselves for social media users.
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter:
@RCMP social media team right now. pic.twitter.com/xcmvbnRqAO
— Marky Marc Garneu??#ParodyCabinet (@MGarneu) July 20, 2019
Fur realz? ?
— ?? Potty ? ? (@PottyFillpot) July 19, 2019
They always get their mouse
— Luke Skipper (@LJ_Skipper) July 19, 2019
Press conference? Puss conference is more like it.
— The Perfidious SH (@perfidiousSH) July 19, 2019
Jesus. Someone show the media guy how to turn filters off.
— I, Daniel Mojito #ExtinctionRebellion #JC4PM (@The_JPR) July 19, 2019
— SirCanuckles (@SirCanuckles) July 19, 2019
— Ben Rowley (@benrowley78) July 19, 2019
I see the viral marketing campaign for Cats is off to a strong start
— Allan (@AllanRicharz) July 19, 2019
Have they caught the purrrrrr-petrator?
— JM =^) (@JM539581) July 20, 2019
Purrfectly poor performance
— David Sides (@DWS1402) July 21, 2019
“Right meow we’re still investigating…”
— ? Spider ??? (@MagickSpider) July 21, 2019
The Royal Canadian Meownties always get their man
— John from Boston (@jcatboston) July 21, 2019
— DegeneracionMX (@DegeneracionMX) July 21, 2019
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