Weather reporter Liberté Chan felt incredibly confused when, mid-broadcast as she delivered her report, a hand holding a gray sweater suddenly appeared onscreen.
"What's going on? You want me to put this on? Why? 'Cause it's cold?" she asked.
"We're getting a lot of emails," an off camera voice responds, thereby setting off yet another debate over sexism involving news anchors and reporters.
Although Chan awkwardly wore the cardigan she was given, she later posted the clip of the bizarre incident to her Facebook page, asking people if they thought her dress was too revealing.
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Prior to the incident, Chan appeared rather excited about her dress.
However, viewers apparently felt so moved to comment on her clothes that they actually emailed the station criticizing her sartorial choices. After the broadcast, Chan sat down with co-worker Chris Burrous to discuss the complaints.
Be it school or the news desk, it’s always women who are policed over what they wear. To prove the point, in 2014 an Australian TV presenter Karl Stefanovic wore the same suit throughout the year, unnoticed by all his viewers.
“I’m judged on my interviews, my appalling sense of humor — on how I do my job, basically,” Stefanovic then told the Sydney Morning Herald. “Whereas women are quite often judged on what they’re wearing or how their hair is. Women, they wear the wrong color and they get pulled up.”
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