We haven't seen this much exasperation over a dress since this one. You know the one we mean.
TV station KTLA sparked outrage online after weather reporter Liberté Chan donned a black sparkly gown for a Saturday broadcast, then was handed a sweater to cover it up after the station received several emails from upset viewers.
"Liberté Chan's dress is totally inappropriate for a Saturday morning newscast, looks like she didn't make it home from her cocktail party last night.. lovely," fellow news anchor Chris Burrous read out in a video Chan posted to Facebook.
The station's apparent solution was to hand Chan a grey cardigan to wear over top, an act that seemingly confused the reporter and inflamed social media.
"Whoa. @KTLA! I didn't like the dress either, but you didn't have to make her cover up - ON AIR - like that. How embarrassing," she tweeted.
Whoa. @KTLA! I didn't like the dress either, but you didn't have to make her cover up - ON AIR - like that. How embarrassing.— Heather Poole (@Heather_Poole) May 14, 2016
But Chan wrote on her blog that no one ordered her 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 wrote.
She had originally planned to wear a black and white dress that morning, but the design turned partially transparent when she stood against the weather wall.
TV is a visual medium, she wrote, and getups aren't always suitable.
"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."
Burrous was also criticized online after tweeting about KTLA's slapdash solution, but he maintained that the whole thing was all in jest.
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