Fashion blogger and gay rights activist B. Scott rejected BET Network’s apology after the network forced him to wear a suit and pull his long hair into a ponytail during its pre-award show coverage.
Scott normally wears high heels, dresses and makeup in public and is openly gay. He also runs a fashion blog called “Love B. Scott”.
Though Scott has appeared twice on BET’s 106 and Park, Scott said he was yanked backstage after his first interview and forced to change his feminine clothing, though the outfit had been approved several times by the producer before Scott was scheduled to go on air.
The network, which is directed at a African-American audience and prides itself on embracing diversity, issued a public apology shortly after the incident.
“The incident with B. Scott was a singular one with a series of unfortunate miscommunications from both parties,” the statement read. “We regret any unintentional offense to B. Scott and anyone within the LGBT community and we seek to continue embracing all gender expressions.”
However, Scott said the apology was half-hearted, and wrote an open letter on his website asserting his rejection.
“This was my day to come out in one of the biggest days of my career and I was publically humiliated,” he said. “I’m just hurt by it. I just want people to know that it’s ok to be who you are.”
Scott added that the environment created by BET made him feel like something was wrong with him as a person, and that he felt valueless.