B. Scott Loses Discrimination Lawsuit Against BET

A judge ruled that the channel was within its First Amendment rights in denying the androgynous celebrity the right to wear more-feminine attire. 

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B. Scott’s clothing pre- and post-change

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Everyone who knows about B. Scott knows that he has a flair for dressing in glamorous, usually more-feminine, attire.

But a California judge ruled Thursday that BET was entitled to make Scott change from his usual garb to something more “masculine” for last year's BET Awards, TMZ reports. The network ended up pulling the personality from the program.

According to the entertainment site, the judge stated that it is within the network’s First Amendment rights to run its show as it wants, even if that means making someone change clothing.

Scott, of course, is disappointed with the ruling and plans to appeal.

“It disheartens me that the message sent today wasn’t a message of acceptance, but rather [that] 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,” he wrote in a statement on his website. “I’m committed to change, progress, human rights and equality for all, and by no means do I feel defeated.”  

Read more at TMZ.

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