Openly gay celebrity blogger B. Scott is still fuming after being kicked off the BET Awards red carpet for dressing like a woman.
In a post on his blog, Scott said BET asked him to be the fashion correspondent for the Style Stage during the “106 and Park” Pre-Show as part of the 2013 BET Awards live telecast on Sunday. But Scott said the organizers objected to his feminine attire and “physically” dragged him off the red carpet forcing him to change out of his Prada pumps into more manly shoes.
BET apologized on Monday, but Scott, who runs the popular Love B. Scott blog, rejected the “half hearted” apology.
“I want a real apology from BET. This was a not a mutual misunderstanding or miscommunication. I pride myself on being very professional,” he said in an interview Tuesday.
BET called the incident “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.”
In an open letter to BET on his blog, Scott said “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.”
Scott said he was forced to change quickly in his trailer while a producer stood guard outside to approve his attire. “I was hurt. I am hurt,” Scott wrote.
Scott has dressed in feminine attire for other hosting duties on BET Network in the past without a problem. “I feel as though at the last minute that someone at BET wasn’t comfortable with someone like me,” Scott wrote.
“I initially didn’t want to talk about this situation because I was truly embarrassed. But, I feel that it’s important to know that no matter how you choose to express yourself, it is okay to be who you are.”