If you follow my blog, then you know who B. Scott is. If not, do some searching. The blogger, media personality and television personality has filed a multi-million dollar lawsuit against BET and Viacom. He's seeking approximately $2.5 million in damages & a pubic apology, claiming that the networks displayed discrimination on the basis of gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation.
The short version of the story is that he was asked to be a Style Stage Correspondent for the 2013 BET Awards Pre-Show. He was asked to change his "transgender" outfit to a lesser one as you can see in the photos above, and while doing so, he was replaced by Adrienne Bailon and didn't serve as the host. He penned an open letter and received a halfhearted apology, now he's taking matters into his own hands.
LOS ANGELES, Aug. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Plaintiff Brandon Sessoms, aka B. SCOTT ("B. SCOTT") is an openly gay TV and Internet Personality, Advice Columnist and Entrepreneur.
On Tuesday, August 6, 2013, B. Scott filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court case no. BC517318, seeking to hold Black Entertainment Television ("BET") and its parent company Viacom responsible for gender identity, gender expression and sexual orientation discrimination stemming from the disparate treatment he received while working as a Style Stage Correspondent for the BET Awards Pre-Show held June 30, 2013.
B. Scott's representation, Civil Rights attorney Waukeen McCoy, who also successfully argued the gay marriage cases before the California Supreme Court in 2008, states:
"Any form of discrimination is wrong and has no place in the work environment, in Corporate America or in Hollywood."Source: PR Newswire
I guess I'm just not seeing his side of the matter. Excuse BET for having a dress code. Most places and events do. Now, if BET did say or refer to his attire as "transgender" then, yes I will agree with his argument, because that he clearly discrimination. A part of me feels that BET never said it, but it's simply how he took it. Whatever the case, I don't see why he's seeking $2.5 Million when BET still hasn't paid Keyshia Cole for her reality show!