Media personality B. Scott revealed on Twitter that while he was hired to host the BET Awards‘ pre-show red carpet, he was asked to change his outfit – including his heels.
The androgynous media maven and blogger, who’s a prominent face for the LGBTQ community, was visibly less animated than his typical self while interviewing celebrities on the red carpet during the 106 and Park pre-show. What many fans and onlookers didn’t know was that Scott was asked to do a complete outfit change including the removal of his heels, which is a staple piece in his fashion, before the show.
B. Scott is known for his expressive style of dress, which makes BET’s decision all the more perplexing, as it’s assumed that they knew what they were getting when they booked him to host. Unfortunately, BET gave in to what was probably a image concern for their viewers.
This incident is a reminder that while the LGBT community has made strides in marriage equality (i.e. the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision), other sectors of the community continue to face discrimination. Funny, how B. Scott was censored yet Meagan Good was allowed to have her breast ALL the way out while presenting the award for BEST GOSPEL artist.
BET will probably get a call and press statement from GLAAD and the Human Rights Campaign very soon…
BET has since released an apology to B. Scott, saying their was a “miscommunication”:
“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 statement read. “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.”
On his blog, B. Scott opened up more on the incident.
“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 changed my clothes and prevented me from wearing a heel,” he wrote. “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.”