Uh-oh! Sam Smith may have just won an Oscar but he is in MAJOR hot water with fellow gold winner — and fellow gay man — Dustin Lance Black. So much so that Dustin took to Twitter to blast Sam after the singer’s inaccurate acceptance speech. Brace yourselves, this dig HURTS!
Sam Smith, 23, was flying high at the 2016 Oscars after he won the Academy Award for Best Original Song, but apparently his well-intended speech did NOT bode well with some people — namely Dustin Lance Black, 41. Dustin took his distaste for Sam’s words so personally that he couldn’t resist shaming the singer on social media with a verbal scolding AND a cringe-worthy vid. Check out the crazy shade he threw Sam below!
“Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé…” Dustin, who’s a movie writer and LGBT activist, wrote via Twitter on Feb. 28, adding, “Here’s a start: ” while he linked to a video of himself accepting HIS award at the 81st Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay, which he won for his movie Milk. Whoa, things just got personal!
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) February 29, 2016
But where is this hostility coming from? During Sam’s acceptance speech for Best Original Song for “Writing’s on the Wall”, he got a pretty sizable history fact wrong. “I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen which said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar,” a tearful Sam told the audience at the 88th Academy Awards. “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.”
Sounds like an innocent acceptance speech — even inspirational — right? Not so much. See, Sam, and Sir Ian, were totally WRONG about no openly gay man winning it big at the Academy Awards before. And Dustin, who’s a gay Oscar-winning screenwriter himself, was obviously NOT shy about pointing out the singer’s grave mistake — in front of the social media world no less!
But not only did Dustin give Sam a slap on the wrist for his unfamiliarity with Oscar trivia, he also included a more personal dig at the singer — one that involved Dustin’s fiance, British diver Tom Daley, 21. Clearly Dustin’s message was more of a warning for Sam to stay away from Tom than anything else.
But rubbing it in even more, Dustin later added on Twitter, “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.” While we can’t argue with Dustin’s reasoning, he WAS pretty brutal in his callout.
So far there has been no response from Sam, and honestly, we’re not sure if there will be. After all, Sam tends to stay away from drama. And for now, he’s just basking in his Oscars afterglow — as he should be!
What do you think of Dustin’s public diss, HollywoodLifers? Totally uncalled for or completely warranted?