Two years ago BET hired blogger and media personality B. Scott to host the red-carpet event for the BET Awards, but once the network noticed Scott’s “too feminine” attire, it requested a wardrobe change. Scott did not oblige and was removed from the red carpet.
Scott filed a discrimination lawsuit against BET/Viacom on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. A California judge ruled in favor of BET early last year, but Scott filed an appeal. This week the two parties reached a settlement agreement.
“Anti-SLAPP statutes should not be used as a shield against discriminatory actions in an employment setting,” B. Scott's attorney, Waukeen McCoy, stated, referring to laws meant to discourage baseless claims regarding certain matters involving free speech. “Resolving litigation is good for all parties.”
Scott addressed the agreement, too, with the following statement:
Dear love muffins,
After two years of a lengthy legal battle with BET/Viacom, I can say that a settlement has been reached and ‘the matter is resolved.’
It’s never an easy decision to stand up for yourself and fight for your right to be who you are. It’s something that I believe in and it’s something that I’ll always continue to defend. In recent months we’ve witnessed transgender individuals, gender nonconforming performers, and other allies in the fight for equality receive opportunities that may not have been extended to them a few years ago.
I’m proud to say I’m part of the change. I truly hope that by walking in my truth it encourages others to be who they are. Thank you to my attorney Waukeen McCoy, my family and friends, and of course my love muffins for all of your continued support.
I must say, through it all God is so good.
As always, double kisses xoxo!
The terms of the settlement agreement have not been released.