Sam Smith Gets Called Out by Dustin Lance Black for Implying He’s...

Sam Smith Gets Called Out by Dustin Lance Black for Implying He’s the First Openly Gay Male Oscar Winner

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Sam Smith Gets Called Out by Dustin Lance Black for Implying Hes the First Openly Gay Male Oscar Winner news

Sam Smith‘s performance of “Writing’s on the Wall” at the Oscars last night may have been the “worst moment” of his life, but at least he won the award for Best Original Song. Still, the night was not without some controversy for the 23-year-old artist. During his acceptance speech, Smith referenced an article written by actor Ian McKellen that claimed no openly gay male had ever won an Oscar. “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,” he said.

Screenwriter Dustin Lance Black took issue with the speech, specifically the part about Smith suggesting he was the first openly gay male to win an Oscar. Black won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay in 2009 for Milk. He even took it a step further by claiming Smith was contacting his fiancé, Olympic diver Tom Daley, through text.

“Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé.,” he tweeted, along with a video link to his 2009 acceptance speech. He later added, “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.” Smith has yet to respond to Black’s comments.


source: complex.com

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