B. Scott in spat with BET over on-air attire [Updated]
Web personality and TV host B. Scott has slammed BET on his personal blog for what he claims was poor treatment behind the scenes at Sunday night’s BET Awards.
B. Scott, who is openly gay, posted today an open letter on his website saying BET only allowed him to participate in their on-air red carpet coverage if he removed his heels and makeup, as well as make other changes to his attire.
According to his account of events, B. Scott was set to host the network’s red carpet pre-show Sunday night before their annual award show, and despite going through several stages of attire approval, the network “yanked” him backstage “and told [me] that my look from head to toe ‘wasn’t acceptable,'” Scott wrote on his blog. “They asked me to pull my hair back, they asked me to change my attire. Let’s be clear, I wasn’t wearing a ball gown and stiletto heels. I was wearing long pants and a long shirt.”
After changing, he claims producers still attempted to hand the entire show over to actress and co-host Adrienne Bailon, but he was later added back to the show.
“I feel as though at the last minute that someone at BET wasn’t comfortable with someone like me,” he writes. “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. 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 released the following statement to EW: “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.”