Sam Smith Takes On Critics Over Oscars Speech Backlash
Sam Smith has hit back at criticism after claiming he was the first openly gay Oscar winner.
The British singer won the Best Original Song for his James Bond theme Writing's On the Wall and used his acceptance speech to honour the LGBT community.
"I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar," Smith said on stage.
"If this is the case even if it isn't the case I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world."
However, several openly gay men have already won Academy Awards and one was not very happy about the comments.
Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black who won the Oscar for Original Screenplay for Milk at the 81st Academy Awards, hit back at Smith's claims on Twitter.
Smith apologised to the filmmaker on Twitter and said his speech was only meant to "shine some light" on the LGBT community.
Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn't my point.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who i love so dearly.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I'll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) February 29, 2016
Fans were quick to criticise the singing sensation's lack of Oscars knowledge armed with the knowledge that Elton John, actress Jodie Foster and Aussie filmmaker Adam Elliot have previously taken home Oscars.
"Maybe shine a light on Google & learn history RT @samsmithworld," Daisy Johnson said.
"@samsmithworld lmfao you've done NOTHING for the LGBT COMMUNITY," another said.
"@samsmithworld A nice sentiment; now go watch a @DLanceBlack film if you truly love the #LGBTCommunity His work is important to us!" Bill Noce added.
There was one important voice of support for Smith online.
Sir Ian McKellan joined in the debate tweeting: