Sam Smith accepts his Oscar for Best Original Song with Jimmy Napes. (Photo: Getty Images) There’s something that happens whenever Sam ...

Sam Smith Responds to Criticism Over His Oscar Speech

Sam Smith accepts his Oscar for Best Original Song with Jimmy Napes. (Photo: Getty Images)

There’s something that happens whenever Sam Smith opens his mouth: something ill-informed, at best, comes out. This happened once again Sunday night when, while accepting the Oscar for Best Original Song, Smith claimed to be the first openly gay person to accept an Oscar, a fact that is demonstrably not true.

In his speech, Smith was citing an article by Ian McKellen which pointed that no openly gay actor had every received an Academy Award, a distinction McKellen pointed out lightly on Twitter.

However, others pointed out Smith’s error a bit more pointedly. Correcting Smith, Dustin Lance Black, who won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2009, also asked Smith to stop texting his fiancé, Olympic diver Tom Daley.

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