Sam Smith mentioned in his acceptance speech that he had heard that there had never been “an openly gay man” to win an Oscar. After winning an Academy Award on Sunday for Best Original Song for Spectre, he said in his acceptance speech:,
“…I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen and he said no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar. And 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. I stand here tonight as a proud gay man and I hope we can all stand together as equals one day.”
The internet jumped all over him to show the MANY examples of other out gay people who had won. I cited a few in my Oscar round-up posted yesterday.
Smith and has apologized to Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black after Black called him out on Twitter for those remarks.
Black was one of many to criticize Smith for his comments. As countless individuals have now pointed out (including Sir Ian McKellen himself), Smith was not the first openly gay man to win an Oscar and McKellen was referring to openly gay men winning acting Oscars in the article Smith mentioned.
Black responded to Smith’s speech on Twitter;
“Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé.”
Later that same evening, at an Oscars after party, Smith tried to correct his on-stage comments by saying,
“I think I’m the second openly gay person to win it.”
Of course, that also was not true either. However, on Monday, Smith chimed in again to set the record straight. Smith then apologized to Black writing,
“Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I’ll be sure to check out your films now x Belated Congrats on the Oscar x”
Black tweeted explaining his intent in calling out Smith’s gaffe,
“THE POINT: knowing our LGBTQ history is important. We stand on the shoulders of countless brave men and women who paved the way for us.”
And now it seems that DLB has set the record “straight” (so to speak) that his original Tweet about his finance, Olympic diver Tom Day, was just a joke.
OMG, queens! Chill. I’m happy this was called out, because it is another notch in the LGBTQ belt, but I have a couple of things to say about Smith and Black both here. First of all, Smith is a Brit, and THEIR big awards show is the BAFTAS, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. He is 23, born in ’92. OK. He’s probably not that aware of Oscar history (and herstory) in the same way that a millennial queen in London can tell you what Helen Mirren wore to accept her BAFTA for, The Queen but doesn’t know who Kelly Ripa is.
But Sam, listen honey… they have this nifty thing called Google and these other things called assistants, managers and PR people when you are a celeb, and if you THINK you might mention something like this, perhaps you might look it up or have someone do the research before you tell the LGBTQ community on live TV that you are their new hero. This leads me to believe that maybe, that you aren’t all that smart. Join the club, Sam, to be a celeb you don’t have to be. Obviously.
And in my opinion, this texting to DLB’s finance, Tom Daly, at some point just might have involved some sexting instead and possibly a dick pic or two. Maybe that’s why there’s a bitchy undertone to Black’s tweets. Who knows? Just reading between the tweets, kids.
Meanwhile, check out screenwriter Paul Rudick‘s bold tweet response during the ceremony Sunday had me cracking up,
“I’m the first openly gay man to watch the Oscars without criticizing any of the gowns.”
Somehow, I think THAT’S not true either… I’m going to look that up!