“I Want A Real Apology From BET”: B.Scott Decides To REJECT Network’s Apology For Awards Attire Fiasco

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July 3, 2013 ‐ By Clarke Gail Baines

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We told you yesterday that popular media personality B. Scott, who does on occasion dress like a woman, wrote an open letter on his website to discuss the hurt that he felt he was caused by BET when he was snatched off the red carpet and the pre-show telecast and told to tone down his “unacceptable” look. This look was the way Scott has presented himself to the world for years now, and the confusion surrounding the incident seemed to create a backlash against the network by Scott’s fans and many others. The network went on to offer an apology, which if you’ll remember, went something like this:

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.

Scott saw the apology, but he’s made it clear that it’s not enough. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, he said that he felt the apology was half-hearted.

“I want a real apology from BET. This was a not a mutual misunderstanding or miscommunication. I pride myself on being very professional.

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.”

Despite claiming to be very hurt by the whole incident, Scott said that he could see himself working with BET again in the future since he still has some “supporters” at the network. But he would only do so under one condition:
“If I knew for sure that they wanted me to be there and I could express myself how I normally express myself and my brand.”
Well there you have it. While I do agree that the whole “miscommunications from both parties” part of BET’s apology came off as a big excuse as opposed to someone taking real responsibility for a mistake, at the same time, I’m surprised Scott went to Entertainment Weekly about all this. Seems a bit much. But then again, it does get the word out so that similar incidences such as this one don’t occur in the future, or can be handled more professionally by all parties involved.
What do you think about his response to BET’s apology?

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  • amir bey

    This is why men need fathers who actively participate in their lives ; otherwise they won’t know how to be men, so many gay black men…..

  • Latrece Hoskins

    a child rapist is ok. a man wearing heels and make up isn’t?

  • mesha

    I mean does anyone really care. shoot I initially thought he was kim porter poorly dressed…

  • guest

    BET do not owe this transgender anymore than what they gave him or her. He did not do BET any favors BET worked before him and will continue to do so after him. He was being paid to do a job not dress as he please to do so and then call foul. He knew this would cause a stir and did not bother to ask if it was appropriate for him to dress as a woman because this is how he prefers to represent himself.

  • Ms_Sunshine9898

    Boy, (yes BOY) please. Stop trying to pump your brand up over them telling you not wear them high heels on the red carpet. Stuff happens in an instant in the entertainment industry and you learn to deal with it head on. Madness. . .

  • scandalous7

    exactly, that was a PR apology. A lot of those floating around these days. Not genuine at all. Get em together B SCOTT!

  • Carolyn Kapricornkitti Thomas

    BET KNEW who B.Scott was and his brand/style when they ASKED him to do the red carpet…if you see a B. Scott, and you hire a B. Scott, DON’T try to change B. Scott into something other than B. SCOTT!!!

  • mlw1924

    I dnt think it was a bit much for him to go to ET. If BET told a women to tone down their attire, I’m sure it would be public out cry. B Scott should be able to express himself however he chooses to. More power to him..

    • Zzpop

      There would probably be the same amount of “outrage” if they told Nicki Minaj to tone it down. If his bosses felt that his attire was inappropriate for their production they had every right to tell him so. But it also doesn’t make since to hire him if they were already aware that that’s how he expresses himself.

  • childofjesusrose

    He should accept their apology and move on! If it was a white agency what would he have done?! By the way his dressing are always inappropriate, I don’t like his way of dressing and appearance most of the time, he does need to tone it down!

  • ksp

    This is just code for “I want BET to apologize with a job.”

    • AsianDominican

      more like a reality show

  • grid2003

    You will not always receive the apology that you are seeking. Sometimes you just have to move on, let it go, and let God.

    • mlw1924

      true..

  • cielodrive

    Ew

  • Trisha_B

    This is the most press he has ever got & he’s milking the hell out of it! Many didnt even know who he was until this. If he felt so strongly about his heels & make-up, he should have stood his ground. He would have gotten way more respect. But he wanted his tv time regardless, so he changed & took the check. Save it. You see how none of them groups like GLAAD is not coming to his aid. Take it over to Bravo & do that show w/ those other boys (can’t think of their names right now)

    • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

      lol

  • medpassion

    Anyone who knows who B. Scott is knows his style is bold, feminine and sharp. Why try to change, alter or water down what you already knew existed? It was all the way around messy and unnecessary. He did not deserve that!

    • mlw1924

      totally agree!!

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    He ought to thank them I never heard about him before this whole mess.

  • http://www.yourtango.com/users/cheekee-baby cheekee baby

    He ought to thank them I never heard about him before this whole mess.

    • Alexis Morris

      me either.

  • NaturalJem

    He says, “I just want people to know that it’s ok to be who you are”….my question is this, do you know who you are?

  • NaturalJem

    He says, “I just want people to know that it’s ok to be who you are”….my question is this, do you know who you are?

    • MJP

      Apparently he does or he wouldn’t feel strong about being accepted for who he is.

      • NaturalJem

        he shouldn’t need BET’s acceptance…when you know who you are cries for attention from others are unnecessary

        • MJP

          You’re right he doesn’t NEED BET’s acceptance or anyone’s for that matter but if it’s affecting how he’s being treated at his job then it does need to be spoken about. Its about respect.

          • mlw1924

            preach!!

    • MJP

      Apparently he does or he wouldn’t feel strong about being accepted for who he is.

  • Annette

    This messy dude just wants attention. He agreed to do the show even with BET’s restrictions. Then he goes on a press field day afterwards telling behind the scenes issues he had with BET.

    If I were BET I would never invite him back to host anything. And if I were other networks I would take note to how uneasy he is to work with…

    • chelley

      i am sooo glad that someone posted this!!! i am tired of this “free as i wanna be” behavior from EVERYONE!!! abide by the bosses standards or quit the job!!!

      • LoveRainy

        If we were talking about a 9-5 where you’re the face of whatever company/brand, then I’d be there with you. B.Scott is an entertainer/personality with his own brand and business. A brand that caught the eye of BET to hire him for their event. It was a knee jerk reaction to the anticipated reaction of their audience.

        Maybe BET made the right call for their audience and the wrong move for their image. If BET producers saw a potential issue with B. Scott’s image, they shouldn’t have hired him. Period. They made the wrong decisions then tried to correct it at the last minute.

        BET DESERVES ALL THE NEGATIVE BACKLASH B.SCOTT CAN GENERATE.

        They wasted that mans time and money. They owe him more than a “I’m sorry you that way” apology.