Twitter Reacts: News Anchor Called Out For Skinny Jeans


On Tuesday, journalist Jana Shortal, of Minneapolis station KARE 11, had a difficult job. She had to report the heartbreaking story of a man who admitted to abducting and killing an 11-year-old boy named Jacob Wetterling in 1989.

It is a missing person case that has haunted Minnesota ever since the young boy went missing.

However, instead of listening to a journalist perform her job, some focused solely on what she was wearing.

In fact, a columnist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune was so concerned by her skinny jeans, she wrote about it.

The column, which has since been removed, read that Shortal "flubbed [her] fashion statement" as if that is what we should be focusing on during this report. She went on to write,

Literally, who cares what a woman is wearing? Why, why, why are you focused on that?

The columnist even reached out to Shortal on Twitter about her attire.

Ironically, Shortal wrote a piece at the beginning of this summer about the "lady uniform" and how she formed her career without wearing it.

The headline read, "I'm a TV newswoman, and no thanks on the lady uniform." In it, she wrote about the insults she received on her hair or the way she dressed from viewers on the Internet, saying,

But then, KARE 11 started a new show, "Breaking The News," with a new mission -- to tell stories differently. Shortal dressed they way she preferred, she wore her hair naturally, and she became more herself.

Shortal took to Facebook to air her grievances about the focus on her pants instead of Jacob's story.

Shortal put it best when she wrote,

C.J. did not back down.

In turn, people took to Twitter to support Shortal.

People are realizing how close they relate to this kind of bullying.

Others are realizing how ridiculous it is that we should choose to focus on a journalist's attire instead of the story.

There has been an outpouring of support for Shortal.

And there have been plenty of tweets wishing for everyone to focus on the real story.

It is Shortal who should have the last word here.

Citations: This News Anchor Was Shamed for Wearing Skinny Jeans on Air (Marie Claire)