This was one honest mistake that even the reporter’s bosses had to laugh off.
Many people rely on their reporters to be serious on camera when delivering news, but sometimes there’s a slip up.
WLOS reporter Justin Hinton gave the most unexpected weather report last Thursday. On the scene in Madison County in North Carolina, Hinton was about to give a report on the snowfall and how it was affecting the roads, but as he started broadcasting live on the station’s Facebook page, a gold medallion and headband popped up around his face and the screen starting raining gold confetti.
When you're trying to do a serious Facebook Live about the weather, and you accidentally tap the Mystery Mask filter. @JustinWLOS #oops pic.twitter.com/VwSAERsa8L
— WLOS (@WLOS_13) February 21, 2020
Hinton continued on with the report in his most serious voice and face, but the more he continued, the crazier and funnier the face filters became. He became a wizard with a hat and beard, he became a fox, he got giant googly eyes and even a purple mustache. Hinton actually had no idea he accidentally switched on the app’s face filters before going live.
“The [photographer] I was working with said something about the screen having weird faces,” Hinton shared later in a Facebook post. “He didn’t elaborate, so I said it would probably go away. Needless to say, it did not go away.”
But no worries, viewers had a laugh and certainly tuned in. Hinton shared that even his bosses, coworkers and friends called and texted him saying how funny it was.
Thanks everyone for playing. Here is your prize:https://www.facebook.com/News13/videos/214773529637853/Backstory:…
Posted by Justin Hinton on Thursday, February 20, 2020
At the end of the day, Hinton said in his Facebook post, “I hope you enjoyed the snow day, and remember to smile and laugh!”