- The Washington Times - Monday, May 16, 2016

A Los Angeles meteorologist who gained national attention after she was told to cover up her bare shoulders on air is now defending the station, saying it was all just part of a joke.

KTLA’s Liberte Chan was delivering her Saturday morning forecast in a black, sleeveless dress when a male co-anchor handed her a sweater and told her cover up.

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

The co-anchor proceeded to tell her that the station was “getting a lot of emails” by people complaining about her attire.

The exchange sparked a wave of backlash with cries of sexism and misogyny, because many viewers assumed Ms. Chan was being ordered to cover up.

Ms. Chantook to her blog Sunday to defend her coworker and the station.

“I’ve worked on-air for 10 years and by now, I’ve learned that everyone has an opinion and you have to have a thick skin to work in this business,” she wrote. “It’s a visual medium and sometimes your outfit works and sometimes it doesn’t.

“For the record, I was not ordered by KTLA to put on the sweater. I was simply playing along with my co-anchor’s joke, and if you’ve ever watched the morning show, you know we poke fun at each other all the time,” she continued. “And, also for the record, there is no controversy at KTLA. My bosses did not order me to put on the cardigan, it was a spontaneous moment. I truly love my job, I like my bosses and enjoy working with my coworkers.

“Since talking to my team, I want our viewers to know it was never our intention to offend anyone,” Ms. Chan added. “We are friends on and off the air and if you watch our newscast, you know that.”


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