Weather Anchor Suffers On-Air Slut-Shaming

A cold front swept over the KTLA news station Saturday as reporter Liberté Chan delivered the morning news in a black bedazzled sleeveless dress, which apparently was just too revealing for the audience watching at home.


“What’s going on?” Chan asked as news anchor Chris Burrous, standing offscreen, awkwardly dangled a cardigan in the frame.

“You want me to put this on? Why? 'Cause it’s cold?” she joked.

“We’re getting a lot of emails,” Burrous said.

“Really?” Chan asked, appearing shocked before donning the cardigan and noting she looked “like a librarian.”

“That works!” Burrous replied.

Unsurprisingly, the masses on social media were outraged; KTLA faced hoards of criticism for forcing a 10-year broadcasting veteran to cover herself up on-air, with many commenters pointing out the misogyny implicit in any interaction where a comment on a female’s clothing choice results in her being forced to change that clothing choice in the middle of a live news segment.

On her website, Chan insisted KTLA did not order her to put the sweater on, but that she “was simply playing along” with the joke inspired by the barrage of viewer emails. “My bosses did not order me to put on the cardigan, it was a spontaneous moment,” Chan explained. “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.”

For his part, the coworker who handed Chan the cardigan seemed to see the exchange as a “compromise,” not fully understanding that, when it comes to what an individual wears, the only real “compromise” is that it’s nobody else’s business. Totally missing the point, Burrous tweeted:

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