HOLLYWOOD–Sam Smith has put his Twitter account on hold, after a flurry of responses regarding his acceptance speech for his Oscar win for Best Song (“Writing’s on the Wall” from the James Bond movie Spectre).
Smith tweeted on Wednesday: “I’m logging off for a while. Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order.”
Accepting the award, Smith said: “I read an article a few months ago by Ian McKellen, and he said that 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.”
Gay Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black (2009 Best Original Screenplay winner for the movie Milk) was quick to respond on-line. “Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiance,” referring to British diver Tom Daley. The tweet also included video of Black accepting his Oscar.
Blindsided, Smith responded: “Second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, it wasn’t my point,” Smith tweeted. “My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly. Apologies for the mix up @DLanceBlack I’ll be sure to check out your films now. Belated Congrats on the Oscar x.”
For the record, there have been 15 gays to win the coveted movie award.