a reporter was told to cover up a “revealing” dress live on air

We predict an incoming front of sexist bullshit.

by Wendy Syfret
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16 May 2016, 3:34am

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This weekend an American reporter was delivered a rapidly approaching storm of sexism while trying to read the weather. Liberté Chan was giving the forecast on Los Angeles station KTLA when — in the middle of her report — an arm snuck on screen holding a cardigan. Not realising what was happening she asked, "What's going on? You want me to put this on? Why? 'Cause it's cold?" An offscreen male voice informed her it wasn't her wellbeing they were concerned about, rather, "We're getting a lot of emails."

The emails were over Liberté's sleeveless, knee length black dress. Apparently the sight of uncovered female arms, in Los Angeles in Spring, was too much for viewers. Some of the emails included feedback like, "Looks like she didn't make it home from her cocktail party last night."

While emailers were concerned, Twitter users responded swiftly in support of Liberté. She later wrote about the incident on her blog saying: "I've worked on-air for 10 years and by now, I've learned that everyone has an opinion and you have to have a thick skin to work in this business. It's a visual medium and sometimes your outfit works and sometimes it doesn't." She also downplayed the controversy saying, "I truly love my job, I like my bosses and enjoy working with my coworkers. Since talking to my team, I want our viewers to know it was never our intention to offend anyone."

In her response, Liberté also mentioned that the black dress was a backup option, after her first choice "didn't work on-air because it was semi see-through." We have to admit, we'd have loved to see the emails over her original sartorial choice.

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