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The 16-second clip, taken from Angolan news channel Telejornal in 2015, shows Angola’s National Assembly in full swing as they approved their 2016 General State Budget.
Although the news bulletin was dealing with serious policy matters, viewers were left distracted as the broadcaster showed a close-up of a female member of parliament’s fake typing.
The video, which originally went viral in 2019, has been unearthed again on Reddit, leaving many users giggling as her hands gingerly float above her keyboard.
One user joked: "She be casting a f**king magic spell on the keyboard," while another quipped: "Ah yes keyboard typing warmup".
"I'm just imagining the cameraman cracking up while recording this," a user claimed.
Fortunately, a cameraman came to the politician’s defence and explained that she’s not the only person to partake in some fake typing for the camera.
In fact, they regularly capture people pretending to work at their desk for cutaway shots – and some are just better than others at fake typing… who knew?
The user wrote: “As a cameraman myself I can shed some light on what's going on here. We often need cutaways/b-roll of someone working at their desk.
“Now if the person in question hasn't done this before they'll often just sit there staring at their screen whilst grinning and generally looking uncomfortable.
"So, we give them a little gentle direction to help it look more natural: 'Would you mind pretending to type on your keyboard? It doesn't have to be for real though, it's just for the shot'.
“... And with some special people and for whatever reason as soon as we say the word 'pretend', their brain jolts and they think we mean pretend to type as in fake type rather than just write whatever comes to mind... what you ate for breakfast or your kids’ names or anything like that.
“So, their hands float gingerly above the keyboard like they're playing an air piano and we say nothing, and then we use that shot because we're sick, depraved, miserable people who'll take anything that brightens up our day."
Elsewhere in the thread, another Reddit user explained that her boss was 'explicitly told to fake type' as real typing would have made too much noise for a segment she was filming.
"My boss had to sit in the background once while someone was filming the CEO of our company and she was explicitly told to fake type because real typing would make too much noise," they wrote. "Different scenario than this one, but fake typing does have its uses."
So fake typing does have it’s uses…
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