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20 January 2016, 12:55 | Updated: 20 January 2016, 12:59
Did Sam deserve all the backlash?
Twitter has been giving Sam Smith a hard time after the 'In The Lonely Hour' singer spoke out about his disgust, after friends of his were racially abused on a night out in London.
The award-winning singer tweeted that he "never ever ever ever thought that would happen here [in London]", adding "I feel like I have to shine some sort of light on it."
Just experienced my friend getting verbally abused racially in London. I am absolutely SPEECHLESS.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
I never ever ever ever thought that would happen here. Absolutely speechless and hurt.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
I feel like I have to shine some sort of light on it. The police were so unhelpful in the situation and its deeply shocked me.— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
Humans are HUMANS— 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
I just got home and Nina Simone is on the radio - fitting— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) January 20, 2016
Twitter has since been criticising Smith, accusing him of being naive for only just realising that "racism can happen in London."
Sam Smith discovering racism pic.twitter.com/A2JTywHkg2— Ellie Mae O'Hagan (@MissEllieMae) January 20, 2016
Sam Smith never thought racism would happen in London? https://t.co/knDpsnxlu1— Lee McVeigh (@LeeMcVeigh) January 20, 2016
Sam Smith is 'deeply shocked' by racism he didn't seem to think occurred or existed & said 'I have to shine some sort of light on it'. Okay.— Hoetic Justice (@Kiiimbabwe) January 20, 2016
Sam Smith discovers that racism can happen in London too https://t.co/3GfOWFuBF5— SJ (@sjaay) January 20, 2016
Racism's officially a thing guys, Sam Smith has just literally declared it exists— hayden panettone (@kristiancarter) January 20, 2016
Join us next week for Sam Smith Discovers Problems. pic.twitter.com/v2TqsKJ6uz— Sarah_Woolley (@Sarah_Woolley) January 20, 2016
meh I'm over Sam Smith and his kind. indirectly he has called us liars until now because he witnessed his friend experiencing racism.— frida kahlo (@wildfeminine_) January 20, 2016
I shouldn't laugh his friend's abuse isn't funny at...all, but the way sam smith dropped that nina simone thing, oh behave.— mí (@kcheersbye) January 20, 2016
However, others have jumped to his defence, arguing that his "wording was clumsy, but his intention was good."
Sam smith witnesses a friend being racially abused and tweets about it...people complain he tweeted about it? Lol explain that one— Aaron (@GymKardashian) January 20, 2016
Sam Smith's wording p/haps clumsy but intention is good. Hope writer isn't a teacher - public ridicule not helpful https://t.co/LZ9kjlDBPt— Benjamin Francis (@Benzofrancocini) January 20, 2016
Harsh write up of Sam Smith tweets. Surely just saying he wants to 'shine light' on incident, as friend doesn't have 4m twitter followers.— Tom Thorogood (@TomThorogood) January 20, 2016
what sam smith tweeted has been taken so out of context! you're all a bunch of drama queens seriously hahaha!— c h r i s (@Chris_Mercer20) January 20, 2016
Well let's hope Sam Smith has learnt his lesson and will now keep his mouth shut about how bad racism is. Good job, everyone!— BiggerBoat Film Quiz (@film_quiz) January 20, 2016
Do you think Sam Smith deserves the Twitter backlash?