News Anchor Defends Wearing Jeans On Air Following Comments Of Inappropriate Attire

​A Minnesota-based news anchor has been chastised online for her choice to wear jeans while presenting news about a missing person's case

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From being fired for wearing heels to being called 'whores' for baring shoulders on television, we're a bit sick and tired of people commenting on the way women dress to do their job.

But this one takes this one takes the biscuit.

Earlier this week, Minnesota's KARE 11 news anchor Jana Shortal presented a segment on the tragic end to Jacob Wetterling's case (whose murderer has just confessed to 27 years after the crime). 

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During the segment, she was criticised for being disrespectful to the victim's family because of her choice to wear skinny jeans.

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C.J., a columnist from the Minnesota-based newspaper Star Tribune, wrote a column in the publication's Tuesday paper – which has subsquently been taken offline – in which she lambasted the presenter for her attire.

'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,' she wrote.

Sorry, C.J., but what exactly counts as appropriate attire for reporting on unspeakably awful events on the news?

The writer then went on to claim Shortal's jeans were distracting from the subject matter. 

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That's true C.J., jeans are a rare and bothersome sight these days…

'My thoughts are also with the Wetterling family. While I cannot imagine they'll want to read or watch every media take about the horror they have been living, I would think that hipness wouldn't be a priority while covering one of the biggest, saddest stories in Minnesota history,' she added.

First of all, C.J. no one has used the word 'hip' since the 1970s. Secondly Shortal's clothing had nothing to do with the content. And thirdly, the presenter wasn't prioritising her attire over her job. 

In response, Shortal typed an emotional post on Facebook to highlight how C.J. had irresponsibly taken the attention away from a state-wide tragedy to comment on her choice of trousers:

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. It wasn't.

'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.'

Unsurprisingly, she garnered a bevvy of supporters following her response to which C.J replied:

No one messes with the BeyHive.

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