Star-Tribune pulls column criticizing an anchor's skinny jeans
Sep 09 2016 by Larry Hoffman
Gesturing limply toward the notion of a unusual sort of propriety, where women reporting on serious issues must wear clothes that denote that seriousness, C.J. doubles down, stating that Shortal's clothing was somehow so distracting that it took away from the gravity of the situation, even intimating that her choice of a pair of fucking jeans was disrespectful to the grieving family.
In her story, the columnist, who goes by the initials C.J., wrote, "Somebody at KARE 11 didn't do Jana Shortal any favors with that wide camera shot on Tuesday'sBreaking the News while the show examined the tragic details surrounding the murder of Jacob Wetterling". As an out member of the LGBTQ community, she has used her role in the public eye to speak out on everything from this summer's horrific mass shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, to embracing her own identity, appearance, and sexuality, despite the pressure she felt for being a public figure in a visual medium.
Meanwhile, in addition to her salvo on social media, "C.J." wrote a column for the StarTribune.com that critiqued Shortal's fashion choice.
Jana Shortal is a journalist in Minneapolis, Minnesota. "I was among a number of media types who found them inappropriate", City Pages quotes the now-deleted column as saying.
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She also reached out to Shortal directly on Twitter, asking her if she wished she had worn something differently while she was on-air.
She looked great from the waist up in a polka-dot shirt and cool blazer, but the skinny jeans did not work. I dressed. I prayed. And for every single one of you who was hurting. Other tidbits. She is from a town you've never heard of, but it's a 40-minute drive from St. Louis. I left everything I had on that newsroom floor. "You made it about my trousers". 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. The Star-Tribune took down the column, but a cached version is still available. We have apologized to Ms. Shortal and her station.
Maybe instead of a lame apology you could donate the columnists paycheck to The Jacob Wetterling Resource Center and then hire a new columnist who is focused on making a positive impact in our society.