The backlash came thick and fast for Smith on twitter and now the singer has decided to take a break from social media.
After spending yesterday apologising and trying to explain himself after his Oscars acceptance speech, Sam Smith has decided to log off twitter for a while. The singer came under fire on social media after Sunday night’s ceremony, where he mistakenly thought he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar.
Sam Smith is taking a break from twitter.
On Tuesday (March 1st) Smith tweeted: ‘I'm logging off for a while. Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order.’ Smith’s twitter break comes after his Oscar win for best original song was overshadow by his speech, where he suggested he might be the first openly gay man to take home an Oscar.
Following the speech screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar in 2009 for Milk, told the singer: ‘Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé.’
Black has since said his comments regarding Smith and his fiancé, British diver Tom Daley, were a joke and he also offered his congratulations to the ‘Writings on the Wall’ singer.
Yesterday Smith also apologised to Daley, tweeting: ‘Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I'll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x’
Smith also addressed his Oscars mistake, tweeting: ‘Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn't my point. My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who i love so dearly.’
The singer was made aware of his mistake backstage at the ceremony and said: “Shit! Fuck that! Two’s my lucky number, so it’s all good. Who was the other person?” While Smith is not the first or even second openly gay man to win an Oscar, his mistake was due to a misinterpretation of comments made by Ian McKellen during a Guardian interview in January.
Speaking about the current diversity debate in Hollywood, McKellen had said: “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.” However the actor had been referring to the best actor category and not the awards as a whole.