Liso the cat wanted some airtime! Dr. Jerzy Targalski was speaking about political issues in Poland with reporter Rudy Bouma of the Dutch TV station NTR. At the beginning of the video, Liso uses a chair to reach up and grab his owner’s shoulder. He then gingerly hops up on his back and shoulders and decides to just hang out there! Dr. Targalski appears unfazed even as the cat nuzzles his ear. The only visible reaction Dr. Targalski gave was to move Liso’s tail out of his face.
The reaction online has been as swift as Liso the cat’s movements! Most commenters found the situation hilarious, while others hinted at Dr. Targalski’s political views.
“This is my human. You can talk to him and ask him questions if you want, but he’s my human.”
“My belly hurts! This is too funny! ???”
“Omg, this man is a legend! I would never be able to withstand such cute!”
“The cat was obviously embarrassed by the views presented by his owner giving desperate signals for him to stop…”
The moment had viewers reminiscing about the time the BBC shared this video of Professor Robert Kelly. His children hilariously interrupted his live TV interview back in March 2017. The video has been seen more than 28 million times.
Dr. Jerzy Targalski is a well-known historian and political activist in Poland. In the 1970s and 80s, he was an outspoken critic of the communist regime. His opposition activity included editing and distributing underground magazines and editorials. Targalski’s activities reportedly made him a surveillance target of the country’s Security Service.
He moved to France in 1984 and continued writing about the political tensions in his home country. Communism collapsed in Poland in 1989, but Targalski did not return there until 1997.