A television station in Los Angeles came under fire after a male anchor handed his female colleague, weather presenter, a cardigan so she could cover her bare shoulders.
The video of the female presenter being ‘forced’ to wear a cardigan because there were ‘lots of emails’ complaining about her outfit has now gone viral.
The video below, according to Washington Post, is from the 8 a.m. Saturday broadcast on KLTA, a local station serving the greater Los Angeles area. In it, meteorologist Liberté Chan, donning a black cocktail dress, is offering her report on the day’s weather when she runs into some unexpected on-air turbulence.
Midway through her weather report, Chan is surprised seeing the suit-clad arm of Chris Burrous appear on screen.
Dangling from it is a gray cardigan, which seems to imply a suggestion that Chan seems none too happy about.
“What’s going on?” she says, then walks over to him, seemingly confused. “You want me to put this on? Why? Cause it’s cold in here?”
“We’re getting a lot of emails,” comes the male voice, as his hands place the cardigan on Chan.
“What?” Chan shouts. “Really?”
“There you go,” he says. “That’s nice.”
“OK. I look like … a librarian,” she says.
Chan later clarified on in blog what had gone ‘wrong’ with her dress.
After receiving a number of requests for interviews regarding my LBD/Sweater moment on the KTLA Morning News this weekend, I thought I would share a few personal thoughts.
For those who missed what happened Saturday, March 14th, I was wearing a black, beaded sparkly dress and apparently, the station received a slew of negative emails from viewers saying the dress was inappropriate for air.
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.
During the 8am hour, my co-anchor came over and handed me a sweater and said, “we’re getting a lot of emails.” 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.
That prompted a barrage of tweets and more emails from viewers, some of which I included below.
To be perfectly honest, the black beaded dress was a backup. The pattern on my original black and white dress didn’t work on the weather wall (for some reason, it turned semi-transparent), so after my first weather hit at 6am, I changed.
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.
More importantly, I hope my viewers were able to plan their Saturday once they heard my forecast and enjoyed the sunny weather after the clouds cleared.”