Remember that whole dustup last year between transgender B. Scott and BET?
Twitter favorite B. Scott was to be one of the pre-show hosts for the BET Awards, and was “late.” Turns out, B. Scott says BET forced to change an attire change and B. Scott wasn’t too happy about it. B. Scott now suing the network because of the change from wearing a blue tunic, black pants, hair, makeup and heels because they wanted the host to look more like a man, even though they knew B. Scott was a transgender person.
TMZ reports that they’ve landed some email exchanges, and they’re not all that pretty.In their report, they say BET Music Programming head honcho Stephen Hill wrote an email before the show: “I don’t want ‘looking like a woman B Scott.’ I want tempered B Scott.”
Network VP Rhonda Cowan wrote back, “I can speak to him about being less ‘womanly.'”
TMZ writes that BET producer Stephanie Hodges wrote an email shortly after the broadcast, confessing, “He got upset and said he was going to blow this s**t up and call GLAAD.”
BET has said it “embraces global diversity” and regrets unintentionally offending anyone in the LGBT community.
The website also got an email from BET’s Monique Ware:
“The spin should be he was late for a live show and subsequently replaced and it would have been awkward in a live show to have the person assuming his role removed and him inserted.” It seems she’s saying it would be weird for him to come back on the air as a man. Unless we can make public the reason we didn’t want him dressed the way he normally does, I would stay away from suits, suit selections, etc.”
Yikes. This sounds like a potential PR nightmare.