English singer-songwriter Sam Smith is taking an indefinite leave from Twitter after his Oscar win Sunday night. He received the award for Best Original Song with “Writing’s On The Wall” from the James Bond film Spectre. Smith stated in his acceptance speech that he believed he was the first openly homosexual man to win an Oscar and he wanted to dedicate it to the LGBT community. There was only one problem: Smith was not actually the first.
Film maker and previous Academy Award winner Dustin Lance Black was surprised by Smith’s statement and responded to him on Twitter. Black was openly gay when he received the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay with Milk in 2008.
Sam Smith tweeted to clarify that he did not intend to cause any commotion and only planned on dedicating this to the LGBT community.
Smith then issued an apology directly in response to Dustin Lance Black.
Since this conversation occurred, Sam Smith has returned to Twitter in order to announce that he will be taking a break from the social media site.
After talking it over through Twitter, it appears there are no hard feelings between the two. And don’t get us wrong — Smith’s kind gesture to dedicate his award to the LGBT community was fantastic! The only issue that Black had was Smith’s incorrect statement of being the first openly gay man to do it. Although Smith did not state it explicitly, it is believed that he may be stepping away from Twitter in order to avoid any drama in the media.
Either way, congratulations to Sam Smith on his Oscar win and we hope to see him back on Twitter as soon as possible.
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