The BET Awards pre-show confused both viewers and guests, as a uniformed man interrupted the live broadcast and attempted to shut it down.
People initially assumed the man was with the LAPD, but he had no gun or belt. Next, people guessed he was part of the security team. But with the badge and patch on his shoulder, he was most likely with the…fire department?
As the man tried to tell everyone to disperse, host Terrence J stepped forward and pointed out they were on live television. Co-host Cassie then mentioned that her father is a firefighter. Cassie’s comment may have seemed like an odd non sequitur, she may have recognized the uniform.
Whoever he was, he certainly added an element of surprise for viewers at home.
— B E A N Z | Thanos’ Personal Photographer . (@PhotosByBeanz) June 24, 2018
A lot of people thought it was the LAPD stopping the show.
— Nov ☠ (@NOVIMBA) June 24, 2018
Did the police really just shut down the red carpet!? Welcome to black entertainment television everyone! #BETAwards
— QUEEN OF PINK (@LeFabulousChick) June 25, 2018
— Martin Lungsta Jr. (@lungsta_mk) June 25, 2018
— Big Girl Slay (@Biggirlslay) June 24, 2018
That police officer gave ZERO F*CKS about Terrance J or that interview #BETAwards.
— keithan (@iamKeithan) June 24, 2018
While others thought he was private security.
— Spawn Barter (@Giv3ThemCak3) June 24, 2018
— The Nostalgic Weirdo (@iloveturrtles) June 24, 2018
— Nicole Perez (@nicole_perez1) June 24, 2018
Anyone who has ever been to a club knows the fire department does not care how much fun you are having. If it’s too crowded, they will shut you down.
The Fire Marshal isn’t playing.
— Born Salty (@cjzero) June 25, 2018
I love how before the preshow got cut off by the fire marshal, Cassie mentions her Dad is a firefighter… Like?! #BETAwards
— Jayson Yessir. (@jaysonyessir) June 25, 2018
It’s a fire inspector… says Los Angeles Fire on the left shoulder patch
— Corbin Williams (@corbinwilliams) June 25, 2018
Oh, they’re talking about it!
Not enough people talking about how the fire marshal tried to shut down the BET Awards on camera.
— Brandi, House of Shoebill (@ItsTheBrandi) June 25, 2018
We just might just not ever understand what actually happened.
BTW, why did they shut down the BET Awards red carpet last night? Anyone get an answer on that?
— Ahwoo the Damager (@ahwoo) June 25, 2018
We’ll have to get back to you on that.
H/T: Huffington Post