Transgender blogger B. Scott has filed a lawsuit against BET.
Scott claims that BET humiliated him by forcing him to change his clothes during its annual awards show in June. He was hired to be a Style Stage correspondent for the pre-show events. He wore black pants, a long blue tunic, and black heels. He also wore makeup and wore his long black hair down. He said the outfit was approved by one of the producers the night before.
Scott made it through his first interview with former 106 And Park host AJ Calloway. After the segment, he said he was “literally yanked backstage” and told his outfit was unacceptable. Scott said someone must have made the call to have him pulled from the show. He was then forced to change into men’s clothes, and was told to pull his hair back into a ponytail. He was added back to the show with Adrienne Bailon after the outfit change.
BET issued an apology after B. Scott tweeted about the incident.
“The incident with B. Scott was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties,” the network said in a statement. “We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.”
The 32-year-old rejected the apology, calling it half-hearted.
“This was my day to come out in one of the biggest days of my career and I was publicly humiliated,” he said. “I’m just hurt by it. I just want people to know that it’s ok to be who you are.”
Now the openly gay blogger — whose real name is Brandon Scott — is suing the network for $2.5 million. He said he suffered damage to his reputation because of the incident. He also claimed that BET is guilty of discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
BET has yet to comment on the lawsuit.
What do you think of B. Scott’s lawsuit against BET? Do you think he has a legitimate case?