On Saturday, KTLA Morning News meteorologist Liberté Chan was asked by a male co-anchor to put on a sweater during her weather report—not because she was predicting cold weather, but because she was wearing an arm-revealing tank dress. (Gasp! This woman has ARMS!) During the live broadcast, one of her coworkers handed her a gray cardigan, explaining that the station was "getting a lot of emails."
Some people felt that the incident was an obvious illustration of sexism in the workplace, but as Chan herself explains: nope, those people were wrong.
After the video went viral and a lot of people got angry about a man asking his female coworker to cover up live on air, Chan wrote a blog post addressing the situation. She clarified that it wasn't the station that asked her to put on the sweater, it was just her co-worker (and all the people emailing the station because a woman's bare arms were fouling up their television screens). She explained: "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."
In Chan's words,
During the 8am hour, my co-anchor came over and handed me a sweater and said, “we’re getting a lot of emails.” I was surprised since I hadn’t seen any of the emails and didn’t think there was anything that inappropriate (the beads/sequins were probably a little much for the morning, but what girl doesn’t like something that sparkles?!), so I played along and put on the sweater.
Chan had actually planned to wear another dress, but the parts of the pattern blended in with the green screen behind her, so the beaded dress was a back-up plan.
Even after Chan's explanation, a lot of folks are still pissed, and took to Twitter using the hashtag #sweatergate to share their thoughts.
So calm down, everyone, this definitely wasn't a case of real sexism, it was just playful sexism. Um, wait.