B. Scott, a well-known YouTuber and blogger of celebrity culture, expressed a range of emotions after his difficult experience with the BET television network. Apparently, "the powers that be" thought his feminine appearance was inappropriate for Sunday's awards program.
Scott says he was asked to be the "Style Stage Correspondent for the 2013 BET Awards 106 and Park Pre-Show'' which aired on Sunday. He claims that he worked with stylists beforehand and submitted different looks for approval, "[all] of which were generally more masculine than what I would wear...." But because of an L.A. heatwave, he asked to wear a more weather-appropriate outfit, and submitted it for approval the day before: "I wasn’t wearing a ball gown and stiletto heels. I was wearing long pants, and a long shirt."
Scott says that, before the show began, he was dressed and in the presence of numerous members of the production team. He claims he even received compliments on his look. However, after his first segment, Scott was taken backstage and told his outfit "wasn't acceptable." He was made to change his clothes and makeup.
He posted his dissatisfaction in an Instagram video:
let me just say this... by @lovebscott
Scott later tweeted about his confusion, and experssed thanks for the support he received from Mariah Carey, a Proctor & Gamble consultant, God, and his fans:
I wasn't going to say anything but my spirit is truly hurt.— B. Scott (@lovebscott) July 1, 2013
I'm sorry if I let anybody down today, I tried my best and it wasn't enough.— B. Scott (@lovebscott) July 1, 2013
My TRUE saving grace was the Procter & Gamble consultant, who said: "We at P&G do not support what they are doing to you."— B. Scott (@lovebscott) July 1, 2013
Today, on LoveBScott.com, he wrote in part:
"I feel as though at the last minute that someone at BET wasn’t comfortable with someone like me.
"It’s not just about the fact that BET forced me to pull my hair back, asked me to take off my makeup, made me changed my clothes and prevented me from wearing a heel. It’s more so that from the mentality and environment created by BET made me feel less than and that something was wrong with who I am as a person."