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Justin Hinton, a news anchor for WLOS ABC 13 in North Carolina, presented to his viewers as a wizard and a robot. At times, he even donned a purple moustache and googly eyes, after accidentally enabling filters on Facebook Live.
A weather presenter in the US was excited to tell viewers about the season’s first decent-sized snow dump, but viewers were a little distracted.
Justin Hinton, a news anchor for WLOS ABC 13 in North Carolina, unknowingly presented to his viewers as a wizard and a robot. At times, he even donned a purple moustache and googly eyes, after accidentally enabling filters on Facebook Live.
For almost one minute, Hinton addressed viewers, talking about the snowfall and encouraged drivers to be cautious on the road. It wasn’t until he got off camera and noticed several comments from viewers that he realised he had been digitally altered.
“Did I have a weird face?” he asked in response to a viewer’s comment.
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When he realised the technical error he and the cameraman made, he laughed and explained it wasn’t intentional.
In a post on Facebook, Hinton explained the photographer “said something about the screen having weird faces” but they assumed it would go away.
He said the television network, friends and family all found the gaffe hilarious.
“My bosses, coworkers, friends … and more called/texted saying how funny it was.
“If you can’t laugh at yourself, what’s the point of laughter?”
The news outlet shared the clip to its Facebook page with the caption: “When you’re trying to do a serious Facebook Live about the weather and you accidentally tap the Mystery mask filter.”
Viewers commented how great the accidental entertainment was.
“Loved the ‘Weather Wizard’ … good job Justin Hinton,” one person wrote.
“It was great, made the weather more interesting,” another commented.