The 2013 BET Awards went on yesterday without a visible hitch. Compared to previous years, it was one of the better productions. Charlie Wilson, Janelle Monae, Erykah Badu, R. Kelly and Ciara had memorable performances; comedians like Chris Tucker, Jamie Foxx and Kevin Hart gave us plenty of laughs; highly-anticipated films like “Best Man Holiday” were previewed and there was even a reggae set. There were no glaring glitches, conflicts or mishaps like years past.

This year, the drama occurred behind-the-scenes at the pre-show. B. Scott, the famous blogger behind Love B. Scott, covered fashion commentary on the red carpet beside Adrienne Bailon. Fans of Scott, who appeared on Bravo’s “Chef Roble & Co.” were surprised to see him pared down in a tux, a ponytail and hardly any makeup. Furthermore, there was a large, noticeable gap in programming where B. Scott was missing altogether.

Questions were answered on his Twitter page when it was revealed that B. Scott was told to change out of his heels and remove his makeup to host the pre-show. Supporters felt it was wrong for BET to ask Scott to alter his appearance when they hired him knowing that his gender-bending style — including makeup and heels — are a part of his look and brand. Others pointed out that Prince wears heels and makeup, and BET wouldn’t dare discriminate against him in the same light.

Here is a sampling of tweets supporting B. Scott:

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Celebrities including Mariah Carey and Nicole Ari Parker, brands like Proctor & Gamble and fellow bloggers like Kid Fury, Luvvie and Miss Jia reportedly voiced their support. Fans are demanding an apology from BET for the way they treated B. Scott. It’s a PR nightmare for the network, especially given the timing with Pride weekend and the DOMA ruling. BET purports to support diversity and inclusion, hence their slogan “We Got You,” but this situation reeks of discrimination. What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?

  • http://airindanyell.tumblr.com Erin

    Why would they hire him knowing who he is and how he dresses and make him change his appearance? If I were him, I would have gracefully bowed out of hosting. SMH.

  • Allie

    It’s a damn shame, but not unexpected.

  • Margaret

    wow – that’s shocking. They know who he is – why even ask him if they didn’t REALLY want him there? Shame on you, BET,

  • http://www.facebook.com/kelley.johnson.75436 Kelley Johnson

    There are plenty of fashion conscious gay men in the industry who don’t wear makeup and heels. If they didn’t want that look, they shouldn’t have hired B. Scott.

    Dumb move on BET’s part.

  • kno

    and he actually looks good in make-up and heels compared to others like ‘funky dineva and derrick j’. someone should put a ban on that.

  • http://stilettosandapen.wordpress.com D’or

    That’s a shame. Clearly they know that B Scott is fab & androgynous. And clearly they hired him for a fashion segment for a reason! So why in THEE world would they not let him be himself? I know they have seen videos and plenty of pictures of B and they were well aware of his personality and persona! I know he showed up looking fab and they made him tone it down and not be himself?! BS if you ask me. Don’t hire someone if you will not ALLOW them to be themselves BET. He can’t look fab but Ms Good can show breasts for a gospel segment? oh ok BET

  • Darcy

    I like B. Scott. If BET had a problem with his style (which anyone who knows him knows by now), they should not have invited him to host, or asked him if he’d be willing to tone it down. I’m more bothered by Ciara’s racy performance than B. Scott wearing heels and makeup. My guess is his style is what had them invite him in the first place!

  • http://twitter.com/MsBrooklynStar Eunice Chantilly (@MsBrooklynStar)

    Quite disheartening indeed, however, not quite surprised for some reason. BET is a total let down on so many fronts, this is just another situation that proves they have some insidious people at the helm.

  • http://gravatar.com/geenababe geenababe

    This makes no sense all they had to do was a simple search on the internet to know who B.Scott was. Sometimes I really wonder about this network and how things always go wrong. Like last night it seems there were many times where they weren’t ready when they were supposed to be and C. Tucker seemed to be lost at some points

  • dirtychai

    I’m through!

  • Nonya Biznezz

    Wait a second… No one MADE B.Scott do anything. If he wasn’t comfortable with the requirements, he could’ve said “no” and declined to work the awards. In fact, if his brand and reputation depended on it, he would have. I suspect that while he was probably surprised, that still didn’t supercede his desire to work the awards and get life of some BET shine.

  • Afrostyling

    Meanwhile, you have all these illiterate rappers on stage singing about bitches but its B.Scott you want to regulate? The EBT network will always be a hot mess!

  • http:tontonmichel.tumblr.com Tonton Michel

    Why hire him if his style was an issue?

  • http://gravatar.com/choklitgirlwonder choklitgirlwonder

    Funky Dineva is TRYING to look good. That’s part of his schtick: bad wigs and a visible beard.

  • http://gravatar.com/choklitgirlwonder choklitgirlwonder

    that was supposed to read “*ISN’T* TRYING to look good

  • http://twitter.com/AmandaMichelle the based researcher (@AmandaMichelle)

    BET brought this wardrobe change madness out *in the middle of the awards* show.

    sure, b. scott could’ve up & left his duties mid-job, but perhaps that would’ve been a violation of his work ethic. or perhaps he wouldn’t have gotten paid & needed to stay so he could pay his bills. or perhaps he felt that his brand & reputation depended upon him honoring his commitments, even if unexpected changes hurt his personal feelings.

    so many possible angles here.

  • csv072

    Totally disrespectful on BET’s part. Why would they ask B.SCOTT to host the carpet preshow and not allow him to be his fabulous self??? I’ve been a fan of his for a long time and I am so disappointed with how BET handle the situation.

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  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    This! BET drops the ball yet again on this one.

  • Child, Please

    Wait, I’m confused. Generally when they hire you, they dress you to for these award shows, correct? Why would his personal style come into play if they were dressing him? Was he told to dress himself? Did the other hosts have to bring their own clothes as well? I feel like there are some details missing.

    Also, would it be possible for them to ask him not to wear heels so he wouldn’t be out of the camera shot? He seemed tall enough without the heels. I’d just like further details on this because it seems odd that they’d do it in the middle of the show (as someone said) and not let him know before hand, which makes me think it was because of the camera shots.

    The Prince in heels and comparison doesn’t work here for me; Prince wasn’t contracted by BET B. Scott was. I’m guessing if there was a dress code for the hosts then that’s why he wasn’t allowed to dress his usual way. I just feel like there are gaps missing in the story. There’s not enough of the “why” answered.

  • http://stilettosandapen.wordpress.com D’or

    Yes they sure did. They sure didn’t make Ms Good change for a GOSPEL segment, so what’s the difference. They FAILED yet again

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  • Darcy

    YES. The makeup and heels works on B.Scott, but everyone else need not try.

  • MommieDearest


    “EBT network”


  • Kay

    I have followed B. Scott for many years and remember when he was doing youtube vids from his home. He has a very androgynous look and apparently he agreed to tone it down for BET. He had all his looks approved beforehand and then was told abruptly he had to change it all. They even made him pull his hair back, even though rappers who have never been chastised for wearing a long style and in fact, Katt Williams often wears his hair down. This kind of behavior from BET does not surprise me.

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