If you’re a woman on national television reporting on a political event from hot, humid Cleveland, wearing a weather-appropriate outfit makes you the target of an endless stream of sexist commentary.
Twitter denizens had a lot to say about Fox News correspondent Megyn Kelly and her spaghetti strap top as she reported on the Republican National Convention on Wednesday. One classy tweet implied that she was dressed as a “whore,” while another Twitter user said that Kelly should dress more professionally and less like she’s “trolling for a drink at the hotel bar.”
One user went far enough to associate the outfit with Kelly’s involvement in the Roger Ailes sexual harassment case ― earlier this week, sources confirmed that Kelly had told investigators about Ailes making unwanted sexual advances toward her earlier in her Fox News career. Apparently, accusing a powerful man of sexual harassment means you can’t ever again reveal your shoulders.
(Reminder: The above statement is complete and utter bullshit.)
It seems that the women of Fox News just can’t win when it comes to their appearances. On one end is their (now former) CEO encouraging them to show more skin and using “leg cams,” and on the other end are angry, slut-shaming viewers.
Moral of the story? Megyn Kelly should wear whatever the hell she wants to.