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News Reporter Forced To Leave Execution Viewing As ‘Skirt Was Too Short’

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News Reporter Forced To Leave Execution Viewing As ‘Skirt Was Too Short’

Journalist Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara was asked to leave an Alabama prison because her skirt was too short.

In a story that makes it feel like we've travelled back in time 100 years, Ivana was stopped from reporting on an execution because of what she was wearing.

The accomplished journalist was following the execution of Joe Nathan James Jr at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility.

Ivana took to Twitter to share her thoughts about the incident that left her feeling 'embarrassed'.

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Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara was just trying to do her job. Credit: Twitter/@IvanaSuzette
Ivana Hrynkiw Shatara was just trying to do her job. Credit: Twitter/@IvanaSuzette

The journalist captioned to post 'In other news...' before divulging how she wasn't initially going to share her story but as another member of the media 'called attention to it' she wanted to get it out there.

"Tonight, a representative of the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) told me publicly I couldn't view the execution because my skirt was too short. I have worn this skirt to prior executions without incident, to work, professional events, and more and I believe it is more than appropriate."

Ivana went on to explain: "At 5'7", and 5'10" with my heels on, I am a tall and long-legged person. I tried to pull my skirt to my hips to make the skirt longer, but was told it was still not appropriate."

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This meant the journalist was unsure if she could complete her report - you know, the job she actually came there to do and not have her outfit deemed 'not appropriate' by a prison worker.

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Luckily, Ivana said there was a 'very kind photographer' from a Birmingham TV station who offered her his rain gear.

It was 'waterproof, Columbia PFG style fisherman's wader pants', something the spokesperson 'deemed an appropriate swap' for the journalist's skirt.

However, that wasn't the end of Ivana's troubles because apparently, her shoes 'were also too revealing.' 

Again, Ivana was able to change her shoes as 'thankfully [she] had a new pair of tennis shoes in [her] car'.

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She continued: "Despite wearing a pair of waders from a man I have never met and casual tennis shoes, I continued to do my job. This was an uncomfortable situation, and I felt embarrassed to have my body and my clothes questioned in front of a room of people I mostly had never met."

 Joe Nathan James Jr was executed on 29 July after being sentenced to death for killing Faith Hall. Credit: Alabama Department of Corrections
Joe Nathan James Jr was executed on 29 July after being sentenced to death for killing Faith Hall. Credit: Alabama Department of Corrections

She added: "I sat down, tried to stop blushing, and did my work. As women often have to do."

Ivana's story resonated with Twitter users, who came pouring in with support.

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One said: "Ridiculous you had to go through that," while another added: "Arbitrary & clearly a sexist power move from ADOC. Sorry you had to experience it, but glad you persevered (in wader pants!) KUDOS to you."

LADbible has reached out to the Alabama Department Of Corrections for comment.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram/@ivanasuzette/Alabama Department Of Corrections

Topics: News, US News, True Crime

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