A judge tossed out B. Scott’s discrimination lawsuit against BET this week. According to the ruling, the network had the 1st Amendment right to force the transgender host to wear mean’s clothing.
As we reported earlier, the celebrity blogger filed the suit after the BET Awards last year. He claimed the channel humiliated him on the red carpet by forcing him to change from women’s clothes into men’s clothes, and then pulling him off the show entirely.
The judge ruled that BET can run their production the way they like and dismissed the case all together.
Scott said he has plans to appeal the decision. He told TMZ, “It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather it’s acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression.”
Read his side of the story in an open letter he penned back in July.
I met with a producer of the show the night before and showed her the ensemble. She said it was acceptable and requested I send over a picture so that she could forward it to whomever she needed to. The picture of the complete outfit was sent over and everything was fine. At all points during this process, everything I was going to wear or considering wearing was both discussed and approved. According to BET, everything had to be approved because I was hosting sponsored segments and the sponsors needed to be comfortable.
The morning of the show I arrived on set at 10am for rehearsals. During rehearsals I sent the new outfit over to wardrobe to be steamed. Everybody involved in the process knew what I was wearing and began preparing the pieces accordingly.
…After rushing to make it to the red carpet in time, I was escorted by several members of production down to the stage. Everybody I spoke with commented on how fabulous I looked. There was never any indication that there was an issue. There was no pushback. I was simply there to do my job.
After interviewing AJ Calloway for my first segment I was literally yanked backstage and told that my look from head to toe “wasn’t acceptable.”
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The Red Carpet Rundown: 2014 BET Honors
1. The Red Carpet Rundown: 2014 BET Honors
The 2014 BET Honors celebrated five extraordinary figures that epitomize greatness in their respective fields. Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Janelle Monae and more paid homage to our most coveted entertainers. Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and more iconic musicians were tributed through song. While everyone looked particularly stunning, J Hud stood out in a white peplum dress. Check out these red carpet flicks.
2. Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson bring Olivia Pope's signature color to life!
3. Janelle Monae
Looks like the singer is adding a little sparkle and glitter to her chic black and white uniform.
4. Tamar Braxton
I think I am falling in love with Tamar's stylist.
5. Lynne Harris
The perfect silhouette for curves.
6. Teasha Bivins and Michael Bivins
All this time I thought he was single!? Looking good Mike.
7. Carrie Mae Weems
This famed photographer shows just the right amount of skin.
8. Russ Parr
DC's greatest in all black.
9. Mack Wilds
10. Karen Clark Sheard
This metallic gray gown highlights the best parts of Karen's figure.
The red is a nice touch Luda!
12. Joe Morton
We see you Daddy Pope!
13. Berry Gordy and Eskedar Gobeze
Sorry Berry, Eskedar's off the should red ruched gown is all I see.