Meteorologist Offered a Sweater to Cover "Revealing Dress" During Live Broadcast
A KTLA meteorologist was surprised on Saturday during her live broadcast when someone off-camera dangled a gray "librarian" sweater in front of her. Chan was confused as she was interrupted in the middle of a weather report.
“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," someone off screen replies.
After the newsroom received a series of complaints about Chan's dress, a colleague helped her into a sweater. After the live broadcast, Chan posted a video to Facebook where an anchor read through some emails sent to KTLA complaining about the dress.
"It's a dress people. Can we talk about my weather performance?" Chan argued.
She later asked friends on Facebook what they thought of the dress.
One response read: "I don't think there was anything wrong with the dress you wore and feel it was silly for you to have to explain the reason you had to wear that particular dress. You did a great job handling it because had it been me it would've went differently."
Chan has since clarified that the Los Angeles-based network did not force her to wear the sweater. But the incident sparked national attention with some critics pointing to Chan's experience as just another example of the difficulties female meteorologists face. Since the broadcast, the hashtag #sweatergate also went viral with social media users weighing in on the debate.
#sweatergate yes, let's oppress every woman ever. Disgusting to make women cover up because YOU are uncomfortable.
— Mel Heflin (@MelHeflin) May 16, 2016
— ❤Mrs Jones❤ (@Soulsis82) May 16, 2016
— Cath's Take (@CathsTake) May 15, 2016
— Megan McGrath (@meg_mcgrath) May 14, 2016
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