Smith faced a lot of heat following his Oscar win.
Other openly gay Oscar winners include Stephen Sondheim, Elton John, Melissa Etheridge, Howard Ashman, and Pedro Almdóvar, among others. During the Vanity Fair afterparty, reporters tried correcting Smith, but to no avail. “I think I’m the second openly gay person to win it but either way it’s important that we shine light on what’s going on,” Smith said. A reporter from Entertainment Weekly mentioned Howard Ashman had previously won Best Original Song for "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space" from Little Shop of Horrors, to which Smith responded, “I should know him. We should date.” Unfortunately, Ashman passed away in 1991 due to complications from AIDS. Smith since apologized for his comments, saying: "second openly gay man to win an oscar or third or fourth or 100th, It wasn't my point."
Smith also posted a peace offering on Instagram, but his attempts proved futile.
He has since informed Twitter he's taking a break, saying: "I'm logging off for a while. Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order."
Sam Smith is pulling an Ed Sheeran.Smith winning an Oscar for Best Original Song for "Writing's On The Wall" at the Academy Awards on Sunday should've been a joyous occasion, but after he exclaimed how proud he was to be the first openly gay person to win an Oscar (so he thought), the Twitterverse went in. Smith credited the misinformation from an interview where Sir Ian McKellen made that claim, who took to Twitter to clarify his statement: “I’d said no openly gay actor had received #Oscars - that doesn’t detract from @samsmithworld achievement. Congratulations to him & all others!” Smith's comments fired up previous Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black, who Tweeted Smith a link to his acceptance speech at the 2009 Oscars where he won Best Original Screenplay. Black says his Tweet was misinterpreted and attempted to clear the air.
I'm logging off for a while. Some Martinis shaken not stirred are definitely in order.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) March 1, 2016