Sunday, April 20, 2014

How Is Discrimination Protected By The First Amendment?

This does make sense to me, back in January I wrote about B. Scott being told not to dress as a woman for the BET Network Awards, and the courts ruled that it was the network’s First Amendment rights to tell her to dress more masculine.
B. Scott to Appeal Ruling Finding BET Didn't Discriminate
A Los Angeles judge has dismissed transgender media maven B. Scott's lawsuit claiming that BET discriminated against him when the network yanked him off the red carpet before the 2013 BET Awards and demanded he put on more traditionally masculine attire.
The Advocate
BY Sunnivie Brydum
April 18 2014

A Los Angeles judge ruled Thursday that BET did not unlawfully discriminate against transgender media personality B. Scott when the network ordered him to change his attire in the middle of the preshow for the 2013 BET Awards, for which Scott had been hired as a style stage correspondent. 
"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," Scott said Thursday evening in a statement posted to his popular blog. "And that such discriminatory acts are protected under the first amendment. … 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."
Ruling that “entertainment companies have a right to control their ‘creative process’ and all aspects contributing to the way the final product appears.” Interesting; that seems to give seems to give them a very broad brush and in a way I can see how that might apply. However, like I said back in January, “what do you expect when you hire a drag queen” that is what B. Scotts is known for.

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