The judge has banged the gabble and ruled in favor of BET and against B. Scott. The judge decided to throw out the discrimination lawsuit against the Viacom owned television network after concluding that the network can dress it's host however they please in accordance to the 1st Amendment.
The self proclaimed "multi-media maven" sued the network last year after feeling humiliated over the fact that he was forced to change from women's clothing into men's during the 2013 BET Awards. He was supposed to be a fashion correspondent but was replaced after the wardrobe situation.
TMZ broke the story, Scott sued the network, claiming it humiliated him during the BET Awards last year by forcing him to change from women’s clothes into men’s clothes … and then yanking him off the show entirely.
But the judge in the case just ruled in the network’s favor, dismissing the lawsuit.
The judge ruled BET has the 1st Amendment right to run its shows the way it wants … and that includes ordering Scott to change from women’s to men’s clothes … and that’s that.
Scott tells TMZ, “It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather it’s acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression.”Source: TMZ
Scott’s attorney has said he plans to appeal the decision.
B. Scott released a full statement via his website, along with his attorney.
It’s unfortunate that Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos presiding over today’s motion failed to consider the facts in their entirety, especially pertaining to a case as unique as this one.
It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather it’s acceptable to discriminate against transgender individuals on the basis of their gender identity and expression – and that such discriminatory acts are protected under the first amendment.
As my attorney and I seek to appeal the judge’s decision on the motion to strike in the California Court of Appeal, we’re continuing to fight for the rights of the LGBTQ community and to remind the world that it’s ok to be who you are.
Standing up for your rights and the rights of others can be a lengthy, uphill war. When one battle is lost, another is waged and yet we must press forward.
Although I’m saddened by what today’s verdict means for myself and other members of the LGBTQ community, the struggle is not over. I will pursue progress and human rights for our community through the Appellate Court where I hope that my unique set of circumstances and BET/Viacom’s treatment of me will collectively yield active legislation to prevent anyone else from having to suffer as I have – without networks being able to disguise their unlawful discriminatory practices with vague, umbrella terms like ‘creative privilege’.
I’m committed to change, progress, human rights and equality for all, and by no means do I feel defeated.
Thank you all for your continued support and prayers.
Citing that the defendants have Freedom of Speech rights sends the wrong message to corporate America as to how to deal with people who are transgender.
The Court expressed that there would be a problem with ‘policing’ this behavior, yet the Court ‘polices’ wrongful discriminatory conduct all the time related to employment, it’s their job to do so. This is a unique case now prime for Appellate Court review.
This is not over. I dealt with wrongful decisions and appeals in the gay marriage cases (in Re Marriage), went through the legal process, and was successful in the Supreme Court of California. I am optimistic that we will win transgender rights on appeal as the law in this area is evolving.Source: Love B Scott
Well, I called this one. I knew he didn't have a case. Like I said, there are dress codes. It's as simple as that. He wasn't in dress code, so he was told to change. What was the issue? He just thought he was gonna get paid. The other thing that grinds my gears is the fact that, if you watched B. Scott on Youtube before all of the glitz and glamour, you'd know that he NEVER EVER called himself a transgender.
He used the term androgynous. I said that he was a ding ding and likes to use it from time to time. He is an androgynous male. I've never heard him use the term transgender until this lawsuit came about. He tried it, but failed while doing it for the vine! I still love you though B!