Singer/songwriter Sam Smith has been receiving a lot of flak from trolls ever since coming out as non-binary and sharing their preferred pronouns.
But the online bullying increased when Smith expressed wanting to become a parent.
Smith told Apple Music’s Zane Lowe in a recent interview:
“I want kids. I want all of it.”
“I want to be with the kids, watch them grow and be with them every day.”
“I want to be mummy.”
Those who were “disgusted” over Smith’s desire to raise a child and their pronoun preference trolled the singer online.
He has serious personality issues that should not be inflicted on a child.
— Susan Smart (@SmartSmartsus) October 27, 2020
Is Sam Smith two people? Grammar is how we communicate with one another. If we begin changing it to suit the fragile feelings of some in our society, we won’t understand each other. Sam Smith can be a “he” or a “she” but not a “you” “me” “it” or “they”. Learn proper grammar.
— macsimcon (@macsimcon) October 27, 2020
Why people so obsessed with this non binary nonsense. Ones physically defined sex never changes. But then saying you're neither when you have a willy is silly. Mental health
— Indominuschef (@indominuschef) October 27, 2020
I no longer wish to be in my 40s. As of now I am 21.
I’m also considering changing my race – I’ll let you all know when I’ve chosen which one.
— Tim… (@Incognito2O2O) October 27, 2020
Wanting to be the opposite gender I can understand but not wanting to be either is just stupid 😂
— IHE (@IHE26136935) October 27, 2020
But their allies far outnumbered the haters.
Those who defended Smith explained what it means to be non-binary.
people can be non binary and have a masculine or feminine preference 👍 https://t.co/pJ4jyf0YrT
— rae🌿 (@m1xtape2003) October 28, 2020
Non binary is the absence of male and female, not the absence of femininity or masculinity. The terms mom and dad are a social construct same as pronouns, they can be feminine if they want and be referred to as mummy if they want, it's a social construct.
— killjoy_6x (@killjoy_4x) October 27, 2020
lmao people are really get annoyed because of this? Sam Smith's children will call their parent whatever the fuck they want and that's none of your business?? it's honestly disgusting the way some people act on the internet https://t.co/gtW3o1DGu1
— vimto | BLM | ACAB (@vitorpache_co) October 27, 2020
surprise surprise, the sam smith trend is filled with transphobia and homophobia because they made a comment about wanting to be a parent.
— David Chipakupaku 🏴🇿🇲 (@David_Chippa) October 27, 2020
More power to Sam Smith. We put too much emphasis on gendering things, Sam Smith should be allowed to be themselves, it literally impacts nobody. As long as they're a loving parent, that's all that matters.
Sending love & solidarity to @samsmith and all the enbies out there💖🏳️🌈
— 🏳️🌈 Oliver Bagshaw #BlackLivesMatter 🏳️🌈 (@OliverBagshaw) October 28, 2020
The 28-year-old Grammy Award winner added they would hold off on parental duties until they were 35.
“I’m definitely going to do that at some point, but I’ve still got more in me.”
“I’m ambitious and I would still want to sing to people and do this job. It’s an amazing feeling.”
The singer had formerly dated 13 Reasons Why actor Brandon Flynn, but is currently single.
Smith is hoping to find someone to raise a family with, but the dating scene has proved to be a challenge.
“I’m going to work my a** off [and] hopefully find a boyfriend but they’re absolutely nowhere to be found in London.”
“I’ve been searching all over the place.”
“Honestly, I’ve been on the front line now for a good three years. It’s exhausting.”
Smith also talked about their struggles dealing with closed-minded people who refuse to acknowledge the singer’s gender identity.
“I’ve always felt the way I felt.”
“When I changed my pronouns, things got complicated for sure. It took time.”
“My family, they all got it like that and it wasn’t a problem.”
“What I’ve learned is people don’t like to be wrong, and when people mess up a pronoun or something, they really don’t like it.”
“It kind of ruins conversations, ruins moments. It’s really difficult.”
“So, I’ve had to just go into myself and try and deal with it in a real kind way and just know everyone’s working on this.”
“It’s going to take time. We’re changing a language here.”
Smith’s third studio album Love Goes is expected to be released on October 30 after the pandemic delayed the initial June 2020 release.