Sam Smith Accused Of “Whitesplaining” Racism After Raising Awareness On Social Media

The Oscar-nominated Brit tweeted details of a racist experience he had Tuesday night.

Sam Smith has issued an apology on Instagram for sharing the details of a “racist” incident his friend encountered in London this week, after several media outlets accused him of trying to “whitesplain” racism.

Sam tweeted on his way home Tuesday night that he was “speechless,” “hurt,” and “deeply shocked” after witnessing his friend “getting verbally abused racially” while the two were out on the town.

Sam didn’t offer any more specific details, but noted that police were “unhelpful” in addressing or rectifying the situation. Some took umbrage with his effort to “shine some sort of light on it,” and criticized the singer’s concern as an attempt to “whitesplain” racism.

“For the record, I was merely sharing an experience I had in the hope it would draw attention to how ridiculous it is to be racist in 2016,” he wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday night. “This is not about me in any way, it’s about a deep rooted issue we have in our society that should now be extinct.”
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He acknowledged that he doesn’t “know or remotely understand what it means to be on the receiving end of racist abuse,” but that his lifetime of being bullied for his sexuality qualifies himself to know “that it is wrong and completely unacceptable.”

He shared a selfie an hour later, and at least for us, all was forgiven.

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Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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