News Station Accused Of Sexism After Presenter Forced To Cover Up

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This news station’s decision to hand their female weather reporter a cardigan has sparked outrage online.

Social media users have accused the news station of sexism after they made a female reporter cover up halfway through a life forecast.

The clip – which has been widely shared online – shows meteorologist Liberté Chan carrying out a broadcast on Los Angeles news station KTLA in a sleeveless dress when a cardigan is waved at her from off camera.

Apparently, some viewers think my dress is too revealing… your thoughts? KTLA 5 Morning NewsChris Burrous

Posted by Liberté Chan – KTLA 5 on Saturday, May 14, 2016

It’s pretty clear that not even Chan understand why she is being told to cover up as she asks: “Why? Because it’s cold?”

But the male voice from behind the scenes explains: “We’ve been getting a lot of emails.”

Chan took the request in good humour and put on the sweater, but she later posted a video on Facebook of her and her colleagues reading out some of the emails that were received, ABC News reports.

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The emails included comments such as: “Liberté Chan’s dress is totally inappropriate for a Saturday morning news… looks like she didn’t make it home from her cocktail party last night.”

Another blamed both Chan and her producer for the poor choice in clothing:

Liberté Chan looks like she stayed out late at a party and came to work in the same dress. Not appropriate for a morning news weather report.

The show’s producer should not have allowed her to do it in a cocktail dress. Handing her the sweater during her report was also in very poor taste.

Twitter was quick to criticise the news station, saying the incident was ‘sexist’ and a ‘double standard’:

While the station’s approach to the situation was clearly not thought through, Chan has taken it lightly.

She wrote on Facebook: “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.”

They definitely could have handled the situation better.


The Mirror