TV personality B. Scott was forced to change his clothes before attending a pre-awards show. Now Scott is rejecting BET’s apology.
Scott, an openly gay fashion and advice columnist who has several television shows and a web following, says that he was “yanked” off red carpet coverage at Sunday’s BET awards. He was then instructed to change from his high heels to flats. He was also told to put on a suit instead of the flowing black shirt he was wearing and pull his hair back into a ponytail, according to Entertainment Weekly.
The BET Network issued an apology saying, “[The incident] 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.”
But Scott refused this apology in an interview on Tuesday. He said the apology was not sincere and that he was always very clear about what he planned to look like on the air. He said, ““I want a real apology from BET. This was a not a mutual misunderstanding or miscommunication. I pride myself on being very professional.”
Scott has appeared on BET in the past, wearing feminine attire. He said in the same interview he was supposed to be the sole host commenting on fashion during the pre-show activities but when he showed up, he was physically yanked off the carpet and told that he had to dress more conservatively, and was later paired with singer-actress Adrienne Bailon.
“This was my day to come out in one of the biggest days of my career and I was publically humiliated,” he said. “I’m just hurt by it. I just want people to know that it’s ok to be who you are.”
Even amongst this controversy, Scott still feels as though he has support at the network and that his embarrassment on Sunday was due to the opinion of a single executive. He also said he could see working with the network again “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.”
BET said they have worked with many LGBT personalities in the past, but there has never been a similar incident. BET said it “embraces global diversity in all its forms and seeks to maintain an inclusive workforce and a culture that values all perspectives and backgrounds.”