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.
A lot of people thought it was the LAPD stopping the show.
While others thought he was private security.
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.
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