News channels pay a lot of attention on how their women anchor look while presenting news. Studies have shown that great emphasis is given on the appearance of women news presenters. But when meteorologist Liberté Chan was handed a grey cardigan to change what she was wearing live on-air, it hurt the liberal sensibilities of many on social media.
Chan was presenting the California weekend forecast on KTLA5 News when someone handed her a sweater to put on. A little taken aback, she asked “You want me to put this on? Why? ‘Cause it’s cold?” to which someone off-camera responds “We’re getting a lot of emails.”
As soon as the word spread, people took to social media to share their outrage on how Chan was ill-treated. People started calling the incident the ‘sweatergate’ and hashtags like #righttobarearms #IstandwithLiberteChan and #sweatergate sprung up. This forced Chan to pen down an explanation for her viewers on her blog.
So my local news station handed a sweater ON AIR to the woman doing the weather to “cover up” because they “got emails”. Bad on you @KTLA.
— Lori (@mctclover) May 15, 2016
I highly doubt you would ever force a man to “cover up” live on air. Completely tasteless .@KTLA
— Aimi (@ak630) May 15, 2016
— Heather Poole (@Heather_Poole) May 14, 2016
“I was surprised since I hadn’t seen any of the emails and didn’t think there was anything that inappropriate (the beads/sequins were probably a little much for the morning, but what girl doesn’t like something that sparkles?!), so I played along and put on the sweater,” Chan explains in her blog.
“For the record, I was not ordered by KTLA to put on the sweater. I was simply playing along with my co-anchor’s joke, and if you’ve ever watched the morning show, you know we poke fun at each other all the time. And, also for the record, there is no controversy at KTLA. My bosses did not order me to put on the cardigan, it was a spontaneous moment.. 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. We are friends on and off the air and if you watch our newscast, you know that,” she writes.
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