Little Black Dress Just Walked Into the Room

Daisy Lopez, Staff Writer

A normal day took a turn for Lucilé Chan when she went out on national television to report the weather, for KTLA news on May 14. Chan was handed a sweater to cover her exposed arms that her black, sparkly dress showed off, and the public interpreted the action as something humiliating, although Chan did not view it that way. She believed her coworker was just looking out for her.

Lucilé Chan decided to wear a spaghetti strap dress to do her weather report when she was suddenly informed that viewers were displeased with her outfit. Co-worker, Chris Burrous, then took initiative to hide behind a camera and shake a sweater her way to cover up.

Ok, four wrongs here: one, the viewers believed she was publically humiliated. Two, Burrous shook the sweater her way as if she was an animal and he was trying to taunt her to get a reaction. Three, they insulted her choice of apparel. Four, it comes to show that the network cares more about ratings and pleasing the viewers than showing respect to their colleague.

Everything about this situation was wrong; there were other ways they could have dealt with the problem. They could have cut and made it seem as if their system crashed, while they told her the problem to see where to go from there. By doing this, she would have had an opinion of how she chose to proceed, instead of being told what to do. The best option would have been to just let her do her weather report in her black, sparkly dress, which had no problem in the first place. She was definitely not unprofessional.

What gets under my skin is that this would not have happened if a man was dressed “inappropriately” which has happened, but is never shown. Chris Burrous, the king of dress code, has gone to work professionally dressed only half way. From the waist up he appears to be in a full tux, but secretly from the waist down he is wearing cargo shorts. Wow. No comment, right? But why would there be any if you can’t see it, since he is sitting down in the desk. Burrous was not publically humiliated on national television, and there was no one telling him to change. So why did they give Burrous a free pass and not Chan?

We have been fighting sexism for a long time and we have come a long way, where situations like this prove otherwise. In order to succeed as a society we must accept the female anatomy just as we accept the male anatomy.

To the viewers that were complaining: really?