Sam Smith has been accused of “ignorance” and “living in a bubble” after describing his shock at a friend being "racially abused" in London.
In a series of Twitter posts, the singer told his four million followers he was “speechless” after witnessing the verbal attack and said he was left “hurt” and “upset” by the incident.
“Just experienced my friend getting verbally abused racially in London. I am absolutely SPEECHLESS,” he wrote.
Just experienced my friend getting verbally abused racially in London. I am absolutely SPEECHLESS.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
The London-born "Stay With Me" singer also expressed shock, having apparently not witnessed this happen before in the UK capital.
I never ever ever ever thought that would happen here. Absolutely speechless and hurt.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
This particular tweet appeared to be problematic for many who had to explain to the singer that unfortunately racist incidents such as this are not a rarity.
@samsmithworld Sam, you don't watch the news? It's happens everyday.— ✍ Dee-dee ☺️❤️ (@Being_Deedee) January 20, 2016
Lol I find Sam Smith's reaction somewhat humorous. He makes it seem as if racism was eradicated in London years ago.— Sorcerer Supreme (@UncleTimi) January 20, 2016
The ignorance of Sam Smith— Joshua Kekana (@JoshuaKekana) January 20, 2016
Why is Sam Smith so shocked that racism exists? He needs to come out of that bubble of white privilege more often— Karim (@its_karim) January 20, 2016
"I never thought racism would happen in LONDON" is dangerous + shows how far a lot of people have to go before us black people will be safe.— Awate (@Awate91) January 20, 2016
who sheltered Sam Smith all of his life— It's Free, Not Free. (@Fancy_Free_) January 20, 2016
Additionally some accused Smith of “whitesplaining” racism to his followers and pointed out that although he may have been upset by the incident, it didn’t actually happen to him.
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Just opened Twitter to find Sam Smith whitesplaining racism. It is too early for this shit.— Philip Ellis (@Philip_Ellis) January 20, 2016
Breaking News- Sam Smith releasing charity single for traumatised white people who had to witness racism directed towards other people.— Raf (@1Rafz) January 20, 2016
I'm not trying to drag Sam Smith because I don't want him feeling like the victim here. It didn't happen to HIM.— BLACKSTRESS (@DearLeader10) January 20, 2016
However, others defended Smith and praised him for drawing attention to racism.
@samsmithworld Thank you. When we fight against hatred & bigotry love wins every time. Use your voice and name to do just that!— KK Lamarr (@KK_Lamarr) January 20, 2016
Why are people having a pop at Sam Smith? If you bump into a proper, unpleasant violent racist hurling abuse, it is shocking.— Mark Worgan (@worgztheowl) January 20, 2016
Sam smith didn't even say he doesn't think racism exists, he's just shocked to see it happen.— M8RT1X (@CXVLago) January 20, 2016
@samsmithworld Racism is a refuge for the ignorant, it seeks to divide and to destroy, it is the enemy of freedom, it should be stamped out.— KiyaniOfficial (@inayik) January 20, 2016
Smith also criticised the “unhelpful” police who dealt with the incident, another thing he said shocked him and encouraged him to go public with the incident on social media.
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
I feel like I have to say something. I'm just so upset. So UPSET— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
In September last year Matt Damon was criticised for “whitesplaining” after he interrupted the black director Effie Brown to give his thoughts on diversity.
He later apologised for causing any offence and said he was glad if his remarks initiated a conversation about diversity in Hollywood.
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