Journalist forced out of execution because ‘skirt was too short’

In a story that feels like it has traveled 100 years back in time, Ivana was prevented from reporting on an execution because of what she was wearing.

The accomplished journalist followed the execution of Joe Nathan James Jr at the William C. Holman Correctional Institution.

Ivana took to Twitter to share her thoughts on the incident which left her “embarrassed”.

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

The reporter captioned “In other news…” before disclosing that she wasn’t initially going to share her story, but as another member of the media “catch some attention” she wanted to air it.

“Tonight a representative from the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) told me publicly that I could not see the execution because my skirt was too short. I have worn this skirt in previous executions without incident, at work, at professional events, etc. and I think it is more than appropriate.”

Ivana went on to explain, “At 5’7″ and 5’10” with my heels on, I’m a tall, leggy person. I tried pulling my skirt over my hips to lengthen the skirt, but I I was told it was still not appropriate.”

That meant the reporter wasn’t sure she could finish her story — you know, the job she came in to do and not have her outfit deemed “not appropriate” by a prison worker.

Luckily Ivana said there was a ‘very nice photographer’ from a Birmingham TV station who gave her her rain gear.

They were “Columbia PFG-style waterproof fisherman pants,” which the spokesperson “deemed an appropriate swap” for the reporter’s skirt.

However, that wasn’t the end of Ivana’s troubles as apparently her shoes “were too revealing too.”

Again, Ivana was able to change her shoes “fortunately [she] had a new pair of tennis shoes in [her] self.”

“Despite wearing a pair of thigh high boots from a man I’ve never met and casual tennis shoes, I continued to do my job. It was an uncomfortable situation and I felt embarrassed to having my body and clothes interrogated in front of a room of people most of whom I had never met.”

    Joe Nathan James Jr was executed on July 29 after being sentenced to death for killing Faith Hall.  Credit: Alabama Department of Corrections
Joe Nathan James Jr was executed on July 29 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 job. As women often have to do.”

Ivana’s story resonated with Twitter users, who showed their support.

One said: ‘Ridiculous that you had to go through this’, while another added: ‘Arbitrary and clearly a sexist power move by ADOC. experience, but glad you persevered (in thigh-high pants!) BRAVO to you.”

LADBible has contacted the Alabama Department of Corrections for comment.