I must admit, I’m not one to make a concerted effort to watch the BET Awards every year. While others set aside hours of their lives to marvel and throw shade at celebrities, I typically find 97.4 percent of the entire show predictable, unimaginative, and filled with much of the same stereotypical urban pop culture bullshit that floods BET’s regular programming. And that’s only when I manage to catch one of the 3,435 replays that air of the show well into fall. The only thing worse than seeing a music video by some dude whose name starts with Lil, Young, or Da is actually watching them perform live. But this year BET took a big, bold step, by asking a flamboyantly gay man named B. Scott to be a Style-Stage correspondent for the shows red carpet. But they may have irreparably offended many viewers with the way they treated him.
So, here’s the story from B. Scott’s perspective:
“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 push back. 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 I changed quickly and returned to set, only to be told that I had been replaced by Adrienne Bailon and wouldn’t be going on at all … I’m not sure what happened, but there were some internal phone calls made and as a result I was added back to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.”