The Kentucky Senator’s embarrassing Zoom mishap was broadcast live during the committee meeting

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It’s a recurring nightmare for many in the pandemic era – inadvertently having your computer turned off during a telecommuting meeting and saying something extremely inappropriate or embarrassing.

That nightmare became a reality for the senator. Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville, on Wednesday, when she cursed her husband in an altercation that was accidentally shared with a Kentucky Senate committee on a livestream that the public could hear.

“You made me miss the roll call … because I could not turn up the volume because you were swearing,” Harper Angel was heard saying at the committee meeting, drawing repressed laughter from the committee audience and the senator, who testified for his bill. .

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After a voice was heard arguing with her in the background, Harper Angel sternly said “shut up!” – at which point there was no more sound from her feed and the meeting continued.

In a statement tweeted later that afternoon, the five-year-old senator confirmed that the vote was hers, saying it was unfortunate “a private moment between my husband and I was accidentally shared when I thought my computer was turned off.”

“All couples disagree,” Harper Angel said. “The stress of wearing many different hats, combined with an ongoing pandemic, manifested itself when I had trouble accessing zoom. This was a personal moment not intended for public broadcasting, and I hope everyone will respect that. “

Kentucky Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville.

Kentucky Senator Denise Harper Angel, D-Louisville.

The video clip garnered not only laughter on social media, but also sympathy from some who have feared succumbing to a mute mistake and sharing an embarrassing moment in a virtual work meeting.

“Zoom has invited us all into each other’s homes,” tweeted Louisville poet Hannah Drake. “We’re in a pandemic, many of us on the edge, temper can flare up and we just hope they are not caught alive. I say this to them and reps. We have ALL been there and are grateful that we were subdued. “

The Legal Research Committee quickly pulled the video from the committee meeting from YouTube. An LRC spokesman later told The Courier Journal that the video would be rebroadcast later, adding that “as part of our normal protocol, we are removing an audio interruption that was not related to the content of the meeting.”

An archived video of the meeting on KET’s website deleted the part of the meeting where Harper Angel is heard arguing with her husband.

Now the reporter Joe Sonka at jsonka@courierjournal.com and follow him on Twitter at @joesonka. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today at the top of this page.

This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky Senator has a salt Zoom mishap at committee meeting

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