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L.A. Meteorologist Slut-Shamed on the Air: WATCH

by Andy Towle

May 16, 2016 | 8:21am

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KTLA meteorologist Liberte Chan was slut-shamed on the air during a May 14 broadcast and told to put on a sweater because the station was “getting a lot of emails” over her dress.

While Chan is a noted weatherperson, she’s also a fashion fan, according to her website. She loves to hear from viewers about her colorful wardrobe as well as her meteorology skills. However, when she appeared on-air in a jazzy, sleeveless black dress on May 14, some deemed her outfit too risqué.

Forcing a female meteorologist to “cover up” because viewers can’t handle a woman showing her bare arms is the epitome of sexism.

What’s worse is Chan read some of the emails the station has received, and they’re sexist as well. News flash: Female news anchor aren’t there for your visual pleasure. Let them dress as they please.

There was no chill in the morning forecast, but that didn’t stop one Los Angeles TV station from awkwardly making a female meteorologist cover up with a sweater right in the middle of her weekend weather report.

KTLA meteorologist and reporter Liberté Chan was going about her job during the Saturday broadcast when an arm dangling a gray cardigan appeared at the edge of the screen.

“What’s going on? You want me to put this on? Why? ‘Cause it’s cold?” Chan was seen asking.

“We’re getting a lot of emails,” said a male employee off-screen.

An incredulous Chan took the sweater and joked that she looked “like a librarian.”

Women regularly face unnecessary criticism for everything from their voice to their hair (and boneheaded advice for how to do their job and still look hot).

Chan later explained on social media that the “very demure” black and white patterned dress she had been wearing “keyed out” on the green screen — meaning its pattern conflicted with the projected graphics — so she had to don a backup dress.

Then she and her colleagues read some of the angry emails viewers sent the station.

“Liberté Chan looked like she stayed out late at a party and came to work in the same dress. Not appropriate for a morning weather report. The show’s producers should not have allowed her to do it in a cocktail dress,” one email read. Another called the look “totally inappropriate.”

Chan had plenty of defenders on social media who told her she looked fine, while others slammed the complainers for their sexism.

Some viewers also noted the double standard in producers asking their reporter to cover up after they previously inviting lingerie-clad models into the weather report and broadcast.

In a video Chan and her colleagues posted, she expressed dismay that the focus was on her clothing and not her professional performance.

“Nobody cares about what I’m saying on the green screen,” Chan said.

Chan later apologized to any viewers who were upset by her outfit — and to the librarians she offended

Liberté Chan ‎@libertechan

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If they felt her attire was inappropriate, it should have been addressed off the air. No point humiliating her.

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Who cares what people say on social media? gtfo

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Stupid. People were offended over her shoulders? So tired of America.

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If they felt she her attire was inappropriate, it should have been addressed off the air. No point humiliating her.

VERY true.

Having said that the dress was inappropriate though. Not because it's slutty or anything ... it's a perfectly nice dress and not too revealing at all ... it's just too formal for a frickin morning weather report. It's clearly an evening cocktail dress.

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Prolly planned by the tv station

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Who cares what people say on social media? gtfo

Ikr!!! She should do it naked!!! :lol:

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Guest Mauro

Ikr!!! She should do it naked!!! :lol:

Does that Naked News channel out of Canada still exist? They had an all dude edition too.

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Does that Naked News channel out of Canada still exist? They had an all dude edition too.

Wish we had it lol

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Guest Mauro

It was an online channel available to all if I recall.

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