B.Scott Writes An Open Letter About What Really Happened At The BET Awards And BET Responds With An Apology

July 2, 2013  |  

We reported yesterday that multi-faceted media-connoisseur B.Scott, was deeply hurt by BET. Why? He claims that someone at the network decided he should “tone down his look” for his hosting segment for the BET Awards Style Stage. Those familiar with B.Scott know that he is gone with the wind fabulous and dresses effeminately.

B.Scott received an outpouring of support from celebrities, such as, Mariah Carey, Nicole Ari Parker and also from his fans. Though B.Scott has had hosting duties for BET several times, it does not make sense as to why someone at the network would spring a (sudden) mandatory outfit change on him and ask him to change his whole style and persona in the process. Scott decided to write an open letter on his website about this unfortunate experience that happened to clear some things up. Here are a few points from it that we thought we’d share, as the original letter is quite lengthy:

“BET reached out to me to be the Style Stage Correspondent for the 2013 BET Awards 106 and Park Pre-Show. I’ve previously appeared on BET’s 106 and Park twice. On both occasions, there was never an issue with my appearance or how I chose to express myself. Ever.

From the beginning, I wanted to make this work. I even tried to secure Chris Brown’s stylist to help me in putting together an appropriate ensemble. Unfortunately BET couldn’t afford him and instead sent over their own stylists to work with me.

Not only was it agreed upon among the stylists, I met with a producer of the show the night before and showed her the ensemble. She said it was acceptable and requested I send over a picture so that she could forward it to whomever she needed to. The picture of the complete outfit was sent over and everything was fine. At all points during this process, everything I was going to wear or considering wearing was both discussed and approved. According to BET, everything had to be approved because I was hosting sponsored segments and the sponsors needed to be comfortable.

As I was getting ready (hair, makeup, wardrobe), various members of the production team were in and out of my trailer making sure I had everything I needed. A producer visited my trailer as I was getting my makeup done. Another producer was there when I was getting my hair straightened. They were even there outside waiting as I was putting on the finishing touches of my outfit.

After rushing to make it to the red carpet in time, I was escorted by several members of production down to the stage. Everybody I spoke with commented on how fabulous I looked. There was never any indication that there was an issue. There was no pushback. I was simply there to do my job.

After interviewing AJ Calloway for my first segment I was literally yanked backstage and told that my look from head to toe “wasn’t acceptable.”

I was returned to my trailer and forced to change into one of the other outfits while other producers waited outside. I changed quickly and returned to set, only to be told that I had been replaced by Adrienne Bailon and wouldn’t be going on at all.

A consultant from Procter & Gamble (the company who sponsored the BET Style Stage) watched the entire incident play out. She offered her words of support and encouragement. Her words, ‘We at Procter & Gamble support you and we do not agree with what BET is doing to you’ were extremely comforting. She also explained to me that someone made the call to have me pulled, and that it was the wrong call.

I’m not sure what happened, but there were some internal phone calls made and as a result I was added back to the show. I feel as though at the last minute that someone at BET wasn’t comfortable with someone like me. I want to thank everybody at BET who supported me and fought for me to be on this red carpet.

I initially didn’t want to talk about this situation because I was truly embarrassed. But, I feel that it’s important to know that no matter how you choose to express yourself, it is okay to be who you are.”

According to Funky Dineva’s website, BET issued an apology to B.Scott saying it was an incident of miscommunication but that they’re sorry:

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.

What do you think of the situation, and BET’s apology?

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