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Weather Update Accidentally Enlivened by Video Filters

When a reporter for an ABC affiliate tried to give an inclement weather update, he was confused by the initial response. After finding out what happened, he couldn’t help but laugh.

Justin Hinton of WLOS 13 News was giving an update on the hazardous road conditions brought on by snow and ice. But Hinton had accidentally activated the auto-filter option on his Facebook Live broadcast. So instead of just seeing his professional demeanor, viewers were treated to Hinton’s face with a variety of virtual masks--as a space fighter pilot, as a wizard with a long bushy beard, sporting cartoonish googly eyes, a purple mustache, and plenty of other oddball looks.

Hinton later explained, “The photog I was working with said something about the screen having weird faces. He didn’t elaborate, so I said it would probably go away. Needless to say, it did not go away.”

Hinton did his best to take it all in stride. “My bosses, coworkers, friends, and more called/texted saying how funny it was, so here you go. If you can’t laugh at yourself, what’s the point of laughter? I hope you enjoyed the snow day, and remember to smile and laugh!”

Possible Preaching Angle:

Pastors, leaders, and everyday believers find sometimes that our ability to effectively communicate is compromised by small choices that seem insignificant. Faithfulness requires not just vigilance in big issues, but also paying attention to small details, and seeking the Spirit's guidance over all things.


Kari Barrows, Justin Hinton, “Why so serious? Mistakes were made, but News 13's Justin Hinton reminds us to laugh it off,” WLOS.com, (2-22-20)

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