This year’s BET Awards had more drama behind-the-scenes than onstage. B. Scott, a popular transgender blogger who is known for pushing gender boundaries, voiced outrage on social media when he claimed BET forced him to change out of his heels and remove his makeup to appear on air. B. Scott posted about his experience on his popular site, prompting BET to issue a short explanation citing a “misunderstanding.”

B. Scott is now taking legal action. According to TMZ:

B. Scott — an openly gay transgender person — is suing BET, claiming the network humiliated him during the recent BET Awards by yanking him off the show because he was wearing women’s clothes.

Scott claims in his lawsuit — obtained by TMZ — he was hired to be the Style Stage Correspondent for the pre-show in June. At the beginning of the show, Scott claims he was wearing a flowing black tunic and black pants … which he says were approved by BET honchos.

Scott claims after the first segment of the pre-show, he was pulled backstage and told his garb wasn’t acceptable. Scott says he was ordered to “mute the makeup, pull back his hair” and remove the women’s wear … which included heels.

Scott says they forced him to change into men’s clothing [see below]. Nonetheless … Scott says he was still 86′d from the show and replaced by Adrienne Bailon.

Scott says he was humiliated and suffered damage to his reputation, claiming BET is guilty of discrimination based on gender identity as well as sexual orientation.

B. Scott is suing BET for $2.5 million minimum. The network has yet to comment on the lawsuit.

  • http://gravatar.com/jaebee81 JaeBee

    Let me preface my statement by stating that I’m not tryin to be facetious…

    I understand that he was humiliated by the experience, but it sounds like his employment “relationship” with BET was similar to what many of us “Joe/Jane Schmoes” have with our jobs–at will. With that in mind, I don’t see how he could successfully win a lawsuit against BET for having certain requirements about his dress. Hire at will. Fire at will. BET was more than willing to offer him a job and pay him as long as he was willing to meet some of their requirements. It’s not as if they asked him to do something unethical, or against the law…I could see if they asked him to drastically alter his body/appearance in order to keep the job… Seems to me that all they asked him to do was remove his makeup and take off his heels. Other than hurt pride, I don’t see any other damage that BET has done to him that would warrant a 2.5 million dollar lawsuit.

  • http://gravatar.com/golden7909 HoneyDew

    B. Scott is not transgender, he is androgynous, there is a difference!!

  • felicia

    Forget about sueing. He needs to get to the altar.

  • Nikki

    Frankly, I’m wondering why they hired him in the first place if they felt that way about his look. That’s his brand. It’s not like they hired him wearing a 3 piece Brooks Brothers suit and wingtips and he showed up in heels and a full face. No point to hiring him, approving outfits, and then asking him to change in the middle of his segment.

  • http://gravatar.com/classyhoney classyhoney

    He was more than likely trying to be professional. I remember the night of the awards he went to twitter saying how hard it was to continue.

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