Is B. Scott Too Gay For BET?
By Julien Sauvalle
Pictured: B. Scott at the 2013 BET Awards wearing the outfit approved by the network (via Huffington Post)
We thought the worst thing about the BET Awards on Sunday was Ray J's insufferable hosting skills, but apparently more drama unfolded backstage.
Fashion commentator and blogger B. Scott, known for his stunning gender-bending look, has rejected an official apology from the TV network.
B. Scott was hired to cover red carpet arrivals, but before the show started, he was allegedly asked to change his flamboyant outfit to a more viewer-friendly ensemble. B. Scott reportedly had to remove the heels and black lipstick he had planned on wearing for a classic midnight blue tuxedo, flat sequin slippers and nude make up. His hair was pulled back into a pony tail.
B. Scott took to his twitter account on the night of the event to express his frustration:
The controversy prompted a wave of support from viewers and celebrities. B. Scott wrote an open letter on his blog to explain why he felt like speaking out about the issue:
"It’s not just about the fact that BET forced me to pull my hair back, asked me to take off my makeup, made me change my clothes and prevented me from wearing a heel. It’s more so that from the mentality and environment created by BET made me feel less than and that something was wrong with who I am as a person."
BET followed up by issuing an official apology, which read:
“BET Networks embraces global diversity in all its forms and seeks to maintain an inclusive workforce and a culture that values all perspectives and backgrounds. The incident with B. Scott was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties. We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.”
Speaking to the LGBT organization GLAAD on Tuesday, Scott said that the apology was half-hearted and argued that he was very clear about what he planned to look like on air: "I want a real apology from BET," he said. "This was not a mutual misunderstanding or miscommunication. I pride myself on being very professional.
He continued: "This was my day to come out in one of the biggest days of my career and I was publically humiliated. I'm just hurt by it. I just want people to know that it's ok to be who you are."
.@BET's non-apology statement has added more insult to injury. It was not a 'miscommunication' and what they did to me was intentional.
— B. Scott (@lovebscott) July 2, 2013