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?