Ponton to be commemorated with Zoom cat bobbleheads

MILWAUKEE — It’s been just a week since Presidio County and City Attorney Rod Ponton went internationally viral after logging into a Zoom hearing with a kitten filter. Now, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum says it will release two new bobbleheads to mark the occasion.

The two bobbleheads — announced on Wednesday and available for pre-order on the group’s website — will show Ponton during two key moments of his Zoom kitten mishap. The first will show Ponton as a kitten, staring towards the viewer with forlorn eyes. The second will also portray him as a kitten, but looking down and to the side awkwardly after learning last week that he’d logged into the court hearing with a filter. The bobbling heads will be positioned on a mini laptop computer, with the phrase “I’m Not a Cat” printed on front.

In a news release, the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum said the bobbleheads would commemorate a “hilarious” and “viral internet hit.” At a hearing last week before Local District Court Judge Roy Ferguson, Ponton logged into the hearing on his secretary’s computer. A filter popped up, replacing his face with that of a fluffy white kitten.

As his assistant tried to fix the issue and the other lawyers on screen smiled wryly, Ponton can be heard saying, “I’m here live. I’m not a cat.” It was a one-liner heard around the world, with news outlets as far away as the United Kingdom and Hong Kong covering the comical mishap.

Phil Sklar, co-founder and CEO of the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum, said the bobbleheads would not only remember that amusing viral story, but also aimed to bring smiles while people continue to struggle through the coronavirus pandemic.

“There’s no better way to honor a fun, viral moment than with a bobblehead,” he said. “With so many people working remotely and meeting virtually during the coronavirus pandemic, people can relate to snafus, but this one takes the cake and will live on for a very long time as a meme and now a bobblehead.”

The bobbleheads are only available for pre-order through the National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum’s online store. The bobbleheads are $25 each or $45 for the set of two plus a flat-rate shipping charge of $8 per order. Each bobblehead will be individually numbered and they are expected to ship in June.