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New evidence shows BET didn’t want B. Scott looking ‘womanly’ at BET Awards

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Last summer, things heated up unexpectedly between popular transgender blogger B. Scott and BET after Scott filed a lawsuit against the cable channel, claiming that they forced him to change out of his feminine outfit into something more masculine as he hosted the pre-show for the BET Awards. At the time of the scandal, BET claimed that it was just a simple misunderstanding that led to the fashion fiasco. But now new evidence shows that BET had always planned to force B. Scott to appear more butch for the cameras.

During the pre-show, B. Scott appeared in the initial segment wearing a long, flowing tunic, makeup and heels. But after that first segment, BET quickly pulled him from the air and forced him to pull his hair back, take off much of his makeup and put on a men’s blazer and loafers before they eventually put him back on air.

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According to TMZ, court documents show that although aware that B. Scott had always been androgynous and feminine in style, BET president Stephen Hill had always wanted the blogger to dress more masculine.

“I don’t want ‘looking like a woman B Scott.’  I want tempered B Scott,” wrote Hill in a pointed email.

Network VP Rhonda Cowan later replied, “I can speak to him about being less ‘womanly.’ ”

However, it appears that Hill’s unreasonable request was never brought up to B. Scott who, at the time of the incident, claimed that BET had approved his original look and said that he was blindsided by their request for him to change clothes.

And BET apparently knew that they had a media disaster on their hands as BET producer Stephanie Hodges wrote an email shortly after the broadcast, confessing, “He got upset and said he was going to blow this s— up and call GLAAD.”

Emails between BET staff members show that the cable channel then tried to cover up their discrimination by fabricating accusations about B. Scott being late

“The spin should be he was late for a live show and subsequently replaced and it would have been awkward in a live show to have the person assuming his role removed and him inserted.”  BET executive Monique Ware wrote.

BET execs also claimed in other emails and text messages that B. Scott was late, rude and had been drinking before the pre-show. They also claim that his garments were not approved for the show.

We have to say these emails reek of foul play, transphobia and effemiphobia. It’s clear that Hill had an issue with B. Scott’s femininity and If B. Scott had been a drunk and unruly host, then why didn’t BET just say that from the beginning?

It’s unfortunate that BET, who claimed after the incident that they “embrace global diversity,” has shown that a cable channel born out of the need to showcase the talents of  the underserved and overlooked black community subscribes to ideologies that would leave other minorities out in the cold for the sake of archaic gender norms. –nicholas robinson

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9 Comments

  1. lol on January 9, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I mean, what is to expect from BET they got Bow Wow to present 106&Park and he’s openly and proud homophobe.

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  3. Caydence James on January 9, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    I’m still not sure what the problem is here. Even if he did want a tempered B Scott – They have a right to decide what they want on their show. The only thing they’re guilty of is not making this plain at the begining so that B Scott could decide if this was ok or not. It was sloppy – yes but as to their right to present a certain image on their network – that right IS still theirs.

    • styled4y on January 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm

      I agree, they are a brand and its their decision, at the end of the day, to decide what the brand looks like. http://www.styled4u.org

    • HonestFacts on January 18, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      the problem is that B.Scott has worked with BET before and they know what he’s about and the person that he is, they know how he dresses, so for them to pull this bs at the last minute knowing that he would come done up was disrespectful and bogus, as a network they can have whatever image that they want to present there is nothing wrong with that, but the problem ls knowingly hiring an openly gay and flamboyant man who’m they knew would dress the way he would(which he has the right and freedom to do) and pulling him off the red carpet and saying that his look was not going to work and he needs to dress more masculine, i can assure you that if he knew they were going to do that or knew that they wouldn’t want him dressed in women’s clothing and wearing makeup and having his hair done, he wouldn’t have agreed to take the job because that’s not him but he had no choice but to continue doing it because he agreed and signed to do it so they had their cake and ate too BET has come to be one of the most two-faced networks ever

  4. Pearl on January 9, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    I agree it looks bad and these things are very hurtful morally to a persons feelings it wasn’t right how they handled the situation. But if they want their brand to look a certain way thats not the problem . See thats why its always hard. How do you ask someone to keep it toned down without asking them to decrease who they are, but if they stay true you lose viewers. Everyone doesn’t except that and you cant make them. Guess we dont live in a perfect world….

  5. Scratching my head on January 10, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Did BET not know who B.Scott was before they invited him onto their show. It’s called research. Had BET done their due diligence to know who they were getting this protecting their “brand” would not be an issue. They could have gone in a different direction verses asking him to change who he is for their “brand”.

  6. ladycat713 on January 11, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    I don’t see what the problem is with the loose hair outfit. Considering what some people are wearing (or not wearing) in public these days they should be happy all the important bits are covered , The first look is very sedate and classy.

  7. raejay on June 21, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I actually think she looks more feminine and refined in the second photo with her hair pulled back. The tunic, oversized pants and heels look like a sloppy dressed man in heels. I like the selection BET made, she actually looks more like a woman and less like “who is that?”