KTLA reporter Liberte Chan forced to put on sweater live on air.

Reporter Forced to Put on Sweater Live on Air to Cover Up “Revealing” Dress

Reporter Forced to Put on Sweater Live on Air to Cover Up “Revealing” Dress

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May 15 2016 2:33 PM

Reporter Is Forced to Put on Sweater Live on Air to Cover Up “Revealing” Dress

The moment a sweater suddenly appeared on the screen as KTLA's Liberté Chan was giving her weather report on Saturday morning.


The Saturday morning weather forecast was delivered with a big side of misogyny on KTLA as reporter Liberté Chan was essentially forced to put on a sweater while she was doing her job live on television. Right in the middle of her report, an arm suddenly appears on the right side of the screen dangling a sweater. Chan is evidently confused: “What’s going on? You want me to put this on? Why? ‘Cause it’s cold?” And then a male voice is heard off screen: “We’re getting a lot of emails.” A startled Chan then complains she “looks like a librarian.” But she goes along with it and continues.

On Twitter, Chan said she put on the dress because a previous outfit had “keyed out,” apparently meaning it didn’t quite work with the green screen. “Even if it's early in the AM, can't beat a black beaded dress,” she also wrote on Twitter.


Many were quick to express outrage at the way she was told to cover up on air.

Chan herself posted the video to Facebook, explaining that “apparently, some viewers think my dress is too revealing.”

Later, Chan filmed another KTLA reporter reading some of the emails the station received about the dress. “Looks like she didn’t make it home from her cocktail party last night,” one viewer allegedly wrote. “I don’t know what to tell you, it’s a black dress,” Chan says at one point.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.