Sigh. KTLA is a great local station in Los Angeles, but boy, did they screw up with this. I find it very odd that any significant section of the audience would be offended by a cute black beaded dress. As you’ll see, one of the anchors actually interrupts her weather report, hands her a sweater and when asked why says “Getting a lot of emails.” Really? What gives? I’m guessing a majority of the audience was perfectly fine with it, and management over-reacted to a few snowflakes who have access to email. Final judgment: ridiculous.
Am I wrong? I have a feeling you’ll have a few things to say in comments!
— Megan McGrath (@meg_mcgrath) May 14, 2016
Today’s forecast: Awkward with a chance of sexual harassment.
That was the case for Liberté Chan, a meteorologist who was handed a sweater while delivering a weather report on KTLA after multiple viewers complained that the dress she was wearing was inappropriate for the Saturday morning broadcast…
Chan had originally planned to wear a different dress, but explained to Twitter followers that it did not work against the greenscreen that weather reporters stand in front of while delivering their forecast. She even previewed her dress in a tweet before the newscast.
“Even if it’s early in the AM, can’t beat a black beaded dress,” she tweeted.
It’s unclear who decided to urge Chan to cover up while live on the air. The network did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
But in a video later posted to her Facebook page, Chan and her colleagues read some of the emails complaining about sartorial choice.
“Liberté Chan’s dress is totally inappropriate for a Saturday morning newscast,” one email read. “Looks like she didn’t make it home from her cocktail party last night.”
“No doubt about it,” wrote another. “Liberté Chan’s New Year’s Eve cocktail dress was inappropriate. That would’ve been true even if it was a 10 p.m. broadcast. Overall, this was a display of very poor judgment.”
But some of those same viewers who didn’t think the dress was appropriate also thought KTLA should’ve handled things differently.
Chan was mystified by the criticism.
“I don’t know what to tell ya,” she said in the Facebook video. “It’s a black dress. I’m sorry if I was inappropriate.”