BET Executives’ Emails Leaked Amid Legal Mess: I Don't Want B Scott Looking Like a Woman

BET Executives' Emails Leaked Amid Legal Mess: I Don't Want B Scott Looking Like a Woman

Scott, an openly gay transgendered blogger, filed a discrimination lawsuit against BET and its parent company, Viacom, last summer

Celebrity blogger B. Scott's lawsuit against BET and parent company Viacom for discrimination may have just got a big boost, because emails from executives admitting they didn't want the transgender personality “looking like a woman” while hosting last summer's BET Awards have leaked.

“I don't want ‘looking like a woman B Scott,'” TMZ reports BET Music Programming president Stephen Hill wrote in an email right before the show.  “I want tempered B Scott.”

Also read: B. Scott Suing BET, Viacom for $2.5 Million Over Transgender Discrimination, Wrongful Termination

Scott filed the $2.5 million lawsuit in August for wrongful termination and emotional distress on top of discrimination because the network allegedly made him change from woman's clothing into menswear while serving as the style correspondent during the event's red carpet pre-show. After changing into menswear, B. Scott said he was replaced by another correspondent, Adrienne Bailon, anyway.

“I can speak to him about being less ‘womanly,'” BET vice president Rhonda Cowan responded in the alleged emails between executives discussing the matter.

Also read: 11 Transgender Stars Weigh In on Trans Images in Entertainment (Exclusive)

After the broadcast, producer Stephanie Hodges reportedly wrote an email noting Scott “got upset and said he was going to blow this s**t up and call GLAAD.”

An email from BET executive Monique Ware reveals a potential strategy for the network to avoid a possible public relations disaster.

“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,” Ware reportedly wrote. “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.”

BET has yet to respond to TheWrap‘s request for comment.

  • unsean

    Not sure how I feel about this.

    I don't particularly care about the emails. That the executives at BET were talking about (via email) how a personality on the network that they work at presents themselves sounds like a relevant topic for discussion.

    Looking at the picture of B. Scott above, she looks particularly masculine (or is it that he looks particularly feminine) and on some level I can see why execs would have a problem.

    That being said, didn't they know what they were getting into when they hired Scott for the gig? It does feel somewhat discriminatory—again, nevermind the emails. They're barely relevant—because I assume that they knew that they were hiring a celebrity blogger who was transgendered.

    Then there's the fact—according to the article—that they (BET executives) wanted him to wear a suit (in an effort to make him look more masculine?). He did what was requested of him, and he was replaced anyway.

    Yep. Methinks BET may have a few legal problem (especially if B. Scott can show h went out of his way to cooperate with the executives

  • damsel

    Load of rubbish when BET knew what they were getting themselves into…

  • Shame, Shame, Shame

    I really think this entire law suit is a grab for money. I don't think for once BET set out to be discriminatory, nor do I feel as though they were. I think once they saw B Scott outfit choice, they immediately thought to avert a potentially dangerous situation. Look

  • Shame, Shame, Shame

    Look, not everyone know who B Scott is simply because he is not a celebrity. I seen him on BET that day n was shocked I was looking at a man who was strikingly beautiful. I had to google him to find out who he was. So imagine how a male celebrity who upon first look thought he was a she n started flirting on national tv…DISASTEROUS!!!! Say for example DMX WALKED UP, started flirting, pulled to the side n told “she” is actually a “he”. What do you think the outcome would have been..EXACTLY…a beat down live from the red carpet! So BET was smart when they told him to dress more masculine, besides he could have walked away n hired a lawyer right then and there. Instead he decided to work the red carpet anyway. Sounds fishy to me….!