UPDATE — 7/02/13: BET issued the following statement claiming that the incident with celebrity blogger B. Scott was a matter of miscommunication and they regret any offense caused to him or the broader LGBTQ community:
“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.”
Scott addressed the incident in an open letter on his blog, Love B. Scott, writing in part:
“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.”
Scott has not publicly responded to BET’s statement.
Beloved multi-media maven, B. Scott, was allegedly told by Black Entertainment Television (BET) that he couldn’t wear high heels to host the 2013 BET Awards pre-show red carpet, and infuriated fans have taken to social media to demand an apology on behalf of the gender-bending internet celebrity.
Since news of the discriminatory decision began to circulate around #BlackTwitter, droves of fans have voiced their support for the androgynous mega-personality, including A-List couple, Nicole Ari Parker and Boris Kodjoe:
Scott also received support from Procter & Gamble:
With BET being known for its hypersexualized and inappropriate award shows, it is laughable that they would choose to exhibit misplaced morality when it comes to B. Scott.
This is, after all, a show which featured R. Kelly ( an alleged pedophile who enjoys urinating on minor girls), coming from a network which regularly rewards misogyny, violence and sexism. In award shows past, they allowed rapper Lil’ Wayne to perform ‘I Wish I Could F*ck Every Girl In The World’ with underage girls (we’re talking 11- or 12-years old) shimmying across the stage.
This is a network that segues from the pulpit to ‘p**sy poppin’ without blinking an eye — Hallelujah, now pass the collection plate so I can get 1 dollar bills for Nicki Minaj’s performance — but a gay man wearing high heels is inappropriate?
BET likes to claim ‘We Got You,’ but apparently not if you’re a gender non-conforming man with a fierce shoe game.
The network has yet to acknowledge the situation or issue an apology; however, if they have a modicum of class, it won’t be long before they do.
It is 2013. This kind of blatant homoantagonistic discrimination is unacceptable and should not be tolerated.
Twitter reacts to B. Scott controversy: