Transgender blogger B. Scott can dress anyway he wants as long as it’s not anywhere near a BET Awards show red carpet. That’s the tough lesson that Scott was dealt when his discrimination lawsuit against BET was dismissed in court earlier today.
B. Scott famously sued the entertainment network, alleging they embarrassed him during the BET Awards pre-show last year when they forced him to change his clothes from women’s clothes into more masculine attire. The blogger/host complied with BET’s demands and they still pulled him off the show anyway.
The judge ruled against B. Scott and used the First Amendment as his reason. The judge ruled that it is within BET’s First Amendment rights to demand B. Scott to change his clothes.
B. Scott released a statement on his blog:
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.