Tuesday, 30 May 2017

TV channel sparks social media turmoil by demanding presenter to cover up

Meteorologist Liberté Chan before covering her (apparently) skimpy dress. Meteorologist Liberté Chan before covering her (apparently) skimpy dress. SC

A LIVE broadcast on Los Angeles-based local news station KTLA was interrupted as the news anchor Chris Burrous’ disembodied arm appeared from the side of the screen clutching a cardigan, after viewers supposedly complained about the dress sported by weather presenter Liberte Chan.

“You want me to put this on?” she asked. “Why? Because it’s cold?”

“We’re getting a lot of emails,” replied an off-camera male voice, to which Ms Chan exclaimed: “What, really?”

The clip soon went viral, and has sparked discussion about sexism in the workplace, with many online commentators criticising the network.

Ms Chan later wrote a blog post defending the channel, claiming she was not under orders to put the cardigan on, and that she was simply ‘playing along with my co-anchor’s joke.’


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