Uh-Oh! This might even out-shadow the alleged altercation between Claudia Jordan and Omarosa’s mother on the BET Awards red carpet. Here in the media room, on twitter and ’round the internet streets there are some discriminatory accusations being thrown at BET. A popular blogger, by the name of B.Scott (who happens to love some women’s clothes) claims that the network took issue with his wardrobe. Some say it was his shoes (they were heels) or his attire overall, but we’re told he was asked to adjust his outfit for the show.
During the awards show, he tweeted:
Only God knows what I went through today and it’s going to stay that way.
And then posted an Instagram photo, venting:
Let me just say this, I am so f*cking beat and I…don’t give a f*ck who don’t like it.
Check out the twitter chatter below:
No official response from BET, but we shall see. But if the rumors are true, was the network justified in asking Mr. Scott to adjust his clothing for the awards show?
UPDATED 7/1/13. B.Scott has penned a lengthy explanation as to what happened, along with the outfit in question. Peep a few excerpts:
BET reached out to me to be the Style Stage Correspondent for the 2013 BET Awards 106 and Park Pre-Show. I’ve previously appeared on BET’s 106 and Park twice. On both occasions, there was never an issue with my appearance or how I chose to express myself. Ever. The powers that be for this show wanted “B. Scott”…but not really. From the beginning, I wanted to make this work. I even tried to secure Chris Brown’s stylist to help me in putting together an appropriate ensemble. Unfortunately BET couldn’t afford him and instead sent over their own stylists to work with me. After a few weeks of sending over mood boards and going over approved looks, we decided on a few options. All of which were generally more masculine than what I would wear if I were able to decide on my own. Blazers, long sleeved dress shirts, black pants, loafers. We didn’t know at the time that Los Angeles would be in the middle of a record heat wave, and the options we selected just weren’t weather appropriate. The day before the show I spoke with BET’s style team and we agreed that it was okay to have a more weather appropriate ensemble option.
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.” They asked me to pull my hair back, they asked me to change my attire. Let’s be clear, I wasn’t wearing a ball gown and stiletto heels. I was wearing long pants, and a long shirt. I was returned to my trailer and forced to change into one of the other outfits while other producers waited outside. I changed quickly and returned to set, only to be told that I had been replaced by Adrienne Bailon and wouldn’t be going on at all. I was hurt. I am hurt. A consultant from Procter & Gamble (the company who sponsored the BET Style Stage) watched the entire incident play out. She came over and offered her words of support and encouragement. Her words, ‘We at Procter & Gamble support you and we do not agree with what BET is doing to you’ were extremely comforting. She also explained to me that someone made the call to have me pulled, and that it was the wrong call.
After all, the sponsor approved B. Scott and were expecting B. Scott from the beginning. I’m not sure what happened, but there were some internal phone calls made and as a result I was added back to the show. I feel as though at the last minute that someone at BET wasn’t comfortable with someone like me. It’s not just about the fact that BET forced me to pull my hair back, asked me to take off my makeup, made me changed my clothes and prevented me from wearing a heel. It’s more so that from the mentality and environment created by BET made me feel less than and that something was wrong with who I am as a person.
No official comment has yet been released from BET.