Mark Borlace, from Australia’s Royal Automobile Association, struggled to fix the background during his interview with anchor Alice Monfries.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on March 24, 2023. It has since been updated.
At some point, we all have struggled to learn about the latest technologies and applications. It is even more difficult for aged people who were not born and brought up at a time with ever-developing technology. While they manage to learn sometimes, other times, it can become embarrassing very quickly. Something similar happened during a guest interview at Australian TV channel 9 News Adelaide. Mark Borlace, from Australia's Royal Automobile Association, struggled to fix the background during his chat with anchor Alice Monfries, reported Huff Post.
In a video released on the channel's Instagram handle, Borlace is seen trying to change to a plain background from an ocean's background. “Thanks for your tolerance while I go through this,” Borlace said, smiling and seeing this situation with grace and a little smile. "Studio effects... How do I get back to blur... studio filters," he said as Monfries chuckled a few times in the video. Soon a pizza hat appears on his head, to which he says, "I'm going to log out and come right back in. Ok... good, awesome," Monfries replies.
The channel captioned this video, "The virtual world can be a difficult place to navigate, as this #9News guest found out today while struggling for several minutes to get the right Zoom background. Mark Borlace from the RAA left presenter Alice Monfries in stitches after he unknowingly placed a party hat filter on his head during the interview."
And it all comes full circle.. ending up on the @9NewsAdel #TRENDING segment.— Alice Monfries (@alicemonfries) March 23, 2023
Thanks to everyone who shared in the belly laughs. Especially @MarkMBorlace - what a legend.
And the big question still remains unanswered.. is it a party hat or a pizza? #pizzapartygate 🍕🥳 pic.twitter.com/y9SYYVIGb7
Comments followed quickly. "Just love this! This guy is just a pure wonderful example of not to take life too seriously, it’s all good!", wrote one user. Another comment read, "I literally laughed until I cried and then immediately watched it again and laughed until I cried again." One user even thanked the channel for sharing giggles, "This is such wholesome fun. Thank you for the giggle." "Who wouldn’t want that laugh & that gentleman’s patience on their speed dial. This is precious," wrote another user.
If only we could have run the whole thing.. including his profanities.— Alice Monfries (@alicemonfries) March 21, 2023
Very very funny. I’m still giggling! https://t.co/v358PNkV6h
The news presenter, Alice Monfries, also posted this video to her Twitter account and revealed that she was "still giggling." "If only we could have run the whole thing... including his profanities. Very very funny. I'm still giggling!"
.@9NewsAdel presenter @alicemonfries couldn’t hold back her hysterics when @RAAofSA's Mark Borlace entered a hilarious battle with Zoom’s notorious filters. @emilyolle #TheAdvertiser https://t.co/0nff9UBw0C— The Advertiser (@theTiser) March 22, 2023
RAA also saw this epic Zoom fail by Borlace and reposted the video on its Facebook page. Their caption read, "Pizza or party hat? Even our beloved veterans of the screen at RAA struggle with Zoom backgrounds from time to time. We love you, Mark." RAA also uploaded another picture and wrote, "We're really getting into the spirit of this today - thanks to Mark's partner Monique for making the real-life emoji for us!"
We're really getting into the spirit of this one today, thanks to Mark's partner Monique for creating the pizza party hat in real life today @MarkMborlace @9NewsAdel #PizzaParty #ZoomFail #RAA https://t.co/e4xzPmOpq0 pic.twitter.com/btgsMX1K4D— RAA (@RAAofSA) March 22, 2023
In another video posted by the channel on Facebook, news anchors are seen discussing the situation. They further discuss how after the COVID-19 pandemic, technology has helped all of them and yet, even for them, it can get difficult to understand newer aspects of technology sometimes. For their help, however, there is a technical team of the channel which assists them.
We love how both Borlace and Monfries did not take this embarrassing situation to their heart, instead, they chose to laugh it off!