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B. Scott Declares War Against BET and Viacom

By Stephfon Guidry

2013 BET Awards - P&G Red Carpet Style StageB. Scott the “Multimedia Maven CONFIRMED Today on his Official Website  that he has filed a $2.5 Million Dollar lawsuit against Black Entertainment Television (BET) and Viacom over discriminatory practices concerning his treatment on the red carpet at the 2013 BET Awards Pre-Show. The announcement also included official court documents. However, the lawsuit specifically states “discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.”  After the initial incident BET released this statement to the public:

“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.”

B. Scott responded with a detailed open letter explaining multiple communications to producers, stylists, and network executives for the approval and transparency. After his tenuous work to ensure he looked his best for the network, to be escorted from the red carpet told to change his look, pull his gorgeous hair back for a more “Masculine” look—only to be replaced by Adrienne Bailon. BET’s actions as a network don’t support their public statement issued. Meanwhile sponsor Proctor & Gamble immediately showed support to B. Scott for this egregious overreach and apologized.

B. Scott bends gender lines and openly embraces his androgyny as he accepts his title as a “Transgender”! He is only suing for, “BET and Viacom for a true public apology and to be fairly remunerated for the time lost, humiliation and emotional distress this entire situation has put me through.” Equality is the new normal so B. Scott is well within his rights to seek legal action for this public debacle.

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