Meteorologist called out for sexy dress — on live TV
A Los Angeles meteorologist was forced to cover up her strappy black cocktail dress on live TV — causing social media to heat up over what some are calling #sweatergate.
“What’s going on? You want me to put this on? Why? Because it’s cold?” Chan asked as she slipped the sweater on over her sparkly Aidan Mattox dress.
“We’re getting a lot of emails,” anchor Chris Burrous quipped back, later claiming that viewers were upset she was wearing a New Year’s Eve-style dress for the broadcast.
“What? Really? I look like a librarian now,” she said, looking slightly confused.
The Twitterverse rained down criticism on the TV station, and Burrous, with many calling the on-screen drama sexist.
“This is so demeaning, why couldn’t they pull her to the side beforehand? Why on cam? Make her feel like that? Dress was fine,” wrote @pinksostuckup.
“What? Really? I look like a librarian now.”
“Nobody buys your excuse. You humiliated her on air. Shame on you,” @crowsight tweeted.
Burrous apologized for the awkward moment in a response to that tweet, writing, “I completely understand meant in jest but I see how it seemed. I am sorry. I hope you will give me another chance.”
Chan said Sunday during a Facebook Live chat with fans that she was surprised the incident became “this big thing.”
“I really wasn’t offended. People are kind of spinning it and saying it was sexist. I thought it was just funny,” she said. “I think we just played into the viewers saying you should come up so he brought me over a sweater. But not offended, I don’t think it was sexist.”
This is not Chan’s first wardrobe-related incident that made headlines. Back in March,Chan’s seafoam green dress blended with the green screen and caused the weather patterns to show up on her clothes.