BET's Leaked Emails Show That Network Didn't Want B. Scott "Looking Like A Woman"
The whirlwind of reports that left us dizzy and disappointed in BET in July found new life this week. Thanks to TMZ, leaked emails from network executives display prejudice that manifested in an embarrassing situation for B. Scott the day he was slated to host the Red Carpet Pre-Show ahead of the 2013 BET Awards.
After B. successfully got the media talking about being told by BET handlers to wear flats, not heels and to tone down the makeup ahead of the show, the network went into damage control mode and the story seemed to have ended with a truce of sorts between the two parties. That all changes after what TMZ reported Thursday.
BET Music Programming Prez Stephen Hill wrote a pointed email before the show ... "I don't want 'looking like a woman B Scott.' I want tempered B Scott."
Network VP Rhonda Cowan offered help, "I can speak to him about being less 'womanly.'"
BET had a potential public relations disaster on its hands ... because B. Scott went ballistic after being told to change clothes. BET producer Stephanie Hodges wrote an email shortly after the broadcast, confessing, "He got upset and said he was going to blow this s**t up and call GLAAD."
BET has said it "embraces global diversity" and regrets unintentionally offending anyone in the LGBT community.
But we got an email showing the network was far more cunning. It's from BET honcho Monique Ware:
"The spin should be he was late for a live show and subsequently replaced and it would have been awkward in a live show to have the person assuming his role removed and him inserted." It seems she's saying it would be weird for him to come back on the air as a man.
Ware goes on ... "Unless we can make public the reason we didn't want him dressed the way he normally does, I would stay away from suits, suit selections, etc."
In the various email and text exchanges ... BET execs say Scott had been drinking, was unruly, had shown up late, and was wearing garments that were not pre-approved.
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.
BET has yet to comment on the stunning developments. Stay tuned to Instinct for any updates.