Another day, another woman criticized for her clothing choices in the workplace. This time it's Jana Shortal, an anchor for St. Paul/Minneapolis' KARE11 News.
A columnist for the Star Tribune, C.J.—just C.J., like Madonna or Cher, just less cool—wrote in a column that's now been deleted that Shortal's clothing choices while reporting in the following clip were inappropriate.
C.J. wrote in her column:
She looked great from the waist up in a polka-dot shirt and cool blazer, but the skinny jeans did not work. I was among a number of media types who found them inappropriate and, given the gravity of the day’s subject matter, downright jarring.
If that wasn't enough, she went on to call her outfit disrespectful.
Being hip in skintight pants while discussing this story was unseemly, perhaps disrespectful. Many TV types keep a spare set of clothes around the station just in case what they are wearing isn’t appropriate for what they end up covering. Maybe Shortal doesn’t.
Keep in mind, Shortal's clothes had nothing to do with the story. C.J. chose to make the clothes the story, taking away focus from the grieving family of Jacob Wetterling, a young boy whose remains were finally found some 20 years after he was abducted.
Shortal went on to post on Facebook:
You made it about my pants.
You. You, whose name I will never write again.
You. You with the column I will not link to.
You. The bully with the keyboard who took this night, this story, and made into gossip about my pants.
Shame on you.
You suggest this: “I would think that hipness wouldn’t be a priority while covering one of the biggest, saddest stories in Minnesota history.”
You are at least correct on that.
I wore my clothes. The clothes it took me a very long time to feel comfortable in no thanks to the bullies like you who tried to shame me out of them.
Shortal is actually well known for her style. She wrote about her personal journey for the Star Tribune back in June in a piece called, "I'm a TV newswoman, and no thanks on the lady uniform."
Meanwhile C.J., whose Twitter bio includes, "Let's dish, baby!" is handling all this attention in the most mature of ways.