Posted: 12:49 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014
An email chain — allegedly between several BET executives discussing the way transgender host B. Scott dressed at last year’s BET Awards — is being called “hurtful” and “shocking” by the celebrity blogger, RumorFix is reporting.
One of the exchanges says the execs wanted B. to be “less ‘womanly’” and “I don’t want looking like a woman B Scott. I wanted tempered B. Scott.”
Another makes reference to the PR spin after BET rejected his on-air attire consisting of a flowing blue tunic, black pants, long hair, makeup and heels.
B. Scott, who is suing the network, says the email exchange proves he has told the truth all along.
Here is his entire response from Facebook:
“The leaked email exchange between BET/Viacom personnel is both shocking, and hurtful. While I’m disheartened by the blatant and intentional attempt to stifle my gender identity/expression way before the day of the event, I’m also thankful that the truth is starting to surface. This email exchange not only corroborates everything I said to be true, but it shows that BET/Viacom tried to cover-up and spin that truth with lies.”
” The BET Awards 106th and Park Pre-Show was recorded in front of a live audience, media personnel, etc. — many of whom can attest to my prompt arrival and utmost professionalism. It’s a shame that a company such as BET/Viacom would rather focus energy towards slandering my reputation in an attempt to further humiliate me instead of learning from their mistakes. The time & energy spent creating a ‘spin’ could have more effectively been used to help create a more welcoming environment for LGBTQ employees.”
RumorFix reached out to BET for comment, so far no word.