Canadian MP caught naked during Zoom parliamentary sitting

A screenshot of the exposure was shared to social media.
A screenshot of the exposure was shared to social media. Photo credit: Twitter - @Brianlilley

A Canadian MP has been caught naked on Zoom in what he calls an "unfortunate mistake".  

Will Amos says he was changing into his work clothes after going for a jog and didn't realise his camera was on during the virtual parliamentary sitting. 

Amos says his camera was accidentally left on and he's embarrassed by the incident in which he has since apologised for. 

"I made a really unfortunate mistake today and obviously I’m embarrassed by it. I sincerely apologise to all my colleagues in the House," he said. 

"It was an honest mistake and it won't happen again."

Following the accidental exposure, MP Claude DeBellefeuille brought it to the attention of Speaker of the House, Anthony Rota.

"As you know, since the beginning of the pandemic we have tried to emphasise the importance of respecting… the dress code here in the House," she said as reported by ABC News. 

"Today we've set a new record. We've seen a member during question period improperly dressed - that is, unclothed.

"We have seen that the member was in very good shape," she joked, "but I think that this member should be reminded of what is appropriate and to control his camera."

Rota himself had not noticed the faux pas but after investigating the situation, tech support confirmed to him they "did see something".

Luckily for Amos, his nude body was not broadcast to the public and was only visible to other members of parliament - but support for him has emerged after a screenshot of his incident was shared to Twitter. 

"I am sure this must already be so very embarrassing as it is for the fellow in question. Let’s not contribute to the naming, sharing and shaming game," one Twitter user wrote. 

"How could you possibly think it was okay to share a picture of someone without their consent?  

Appalling decision," said another.

While others felt the complete opposite.

"This is a serious incident and merits disciplinary action because 1. This MP is being paid to be remotely working; 2. Rules of Parliamentary decorum apply; 3. It could be considered a criminal offence of indecent exposure; 4. This is workplace sexual indecency," said one Twitter user. 

"This has got to be intentional. No one is that dumb. Are they?"

"Canada becomes more embarrassing as the minutes pass."

It's not the first time Zoom calls during the COVID-19 pandemic have been plagued with indecency. 

Last year one of the United States' best-known TV news personalities was fired after he failed to turn off his audio and video before masturbating in the middle of a company Zoom call.

Jeffrey Toobin - a prominent lawyer and author - exposed his genitals and began masturbating during a meeting between WNYC radio and New Yorker staff. 

And in a more innocent Zoom blunder, earlier this year a Texas lawyer accidentally turned himself into a talking cat using a filter and was unable to turn it off.