Hopefully transgender blogger B. Scott didn’t pre-order that new Mercedes Benz (or any other luxury vehicle). It looks like he will not be coming into millions of dollars from that anti-discrimination lawsuit he filed against BET Network.
Gossip tabloid TMZ reports Scott lost his lawsuit today.
BET hired Scott as a fashion reporter during the 2013 BET Awards last summer. But after Scott showed up tardy for his hosting gig, BET’s Stephen Hill reportedly ordered Scott to change into attire more suitable for a masculine male host.
In a post published on his blog, Scott said he was “disheartened” by BET’s attempts to tone down his flamboyant personality.
TMZ broke the story, Scott sued the network, claiming it humiliated him during the BET Awards last year by forcing him to change from women’s clothes into men’s clothes … and then yanking him off the show entirely.
But the judge in the case just ruled in the network’s favor, dismissing the lawsuit.
The judge ruled BET has the 1st Amendment right to run its shows the way it wants … and that includes ordering Scott to change from women’s to men’s clothes … and that’s that.
Scott tells 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.”
Scott’s attorney has said he plans to appeal the decision.
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