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/geenababe geenababe

    I understand his lawsuit but I wonder why he still agreed to do the show after they told him to change clothes? I mean if he felt so strongly about being who he was.

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  • http://starstruckpress.com Jeremy Nowell

    I hate to say it but this is pathetic. ALL jobs have dress codes so who are you to call file because you’re gay. This year’s Grammy’s had a dress code for celebrities so who are you to feel that you are above it. Additionally, him and BET went over several approved looks for the show so why is it crazy when they tell you to change into one of the other approved looks. He was probably removed because after the incident he couldn’t fully do the job because he was overcome with emotions. anyone watching saw that his mood changed. I’m sure this will definitely make some future networks think twice about working with him.

  • niksmit

    I really don’t have a comment on the lawsuit–but since when is B. Scott transgendered? Sure his presentation is more feminine than the average man’s, but I’d call him a gay man with androgynous or gender-bending style. To my knowledge, he’s always self-identified as a man and does not seek to be called a woman.

  • Ash

    What they did was morally wrong but I’m not convinced (as a lawyer) that B Scott will be able successfully say BET is legally liable.

    BET had a problem with B Scott’s dress, not his orientation from my standpoint. Employers can’t discriminate on the basis of orientation but does B Scott have a legal right to wear lipstick?

    Besides, he did end up hosting the red carpet. 2.5 million in damages? I don’t know about this one.

  • Daphne

    What’s going on with BET these days?

  • http://gravatar.com/whachudoin whachudoin

    I think she should have just sued for a few hundred thousand or less. i mean 2.5 miullion is a lot and maybe she’s making a statement. But that bullshit was really fucked up. BET knew what they were getting into and he has a slim chance fo cleaning up because he is trans.

  • http://gravatar.com/whachudoin whachudoin

    Debra Lee, that you girh? If you’re not Debra Lee then you aare making all kids of assumptions sir/madam

  • Nikki

    If he can establish that he was discriminated against because he didn’t fit gender norms (i.e. men don’t wear makeup like he does), or that BET was trying to force him to fit gender norms, I would think he could win under a gender discrimination theory. I don’t know if he can win under a theory based on his orientation, but I think he has a shot at winning on a gender theory. It’s not the lipstick, its the gender norm it enforces that could be the key.

  • http://starstruckpress.com Jeremy Nowell

    It’s a sir..and there was no assumptions made based off of B Scott’s own open letter…as well as footage of him after he changed his clothes with blood shot red eyes trying to conduct interviews…do research before you comment back

  • 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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