“America’s Next Top Model” Casts Homophobic Emory Student With Violent Anti-Gay Past

1932440_249733945199670_1447785868_nThe model contestants that will form the Cycle 21 cast of America’s Next Top Model were announced by the CW Network this week in a voting gallery posted online.

Fans of the modeling reality competition are being encouraged to vote for their favorite contestants throughout production (now), and the series is set to air early this summer.

A source tells Queerty that new cast member Adam Smith, the “brand new” model and 26-year-old frat boy from Memphis, is the same Adam Smith that made headlines in 2010 for forcibly dragging a gay Emory student out of a party and calling him a “faggot.”

We first reported the incident in October 2010. According to reports, Adam was highly intoxicated at a Sigma Nu fraternity party he was hosting off-campus. He dragged a gay student out of the party “by the neck” for wearing a wizard hat:

The student remembers:

“At first, when I walked into the party, some people were taking pictures of me and appreciating, if you will, what I was wearing,” he said. About half an hour later, however, another attendee — confirmed by multiple witnesses as recent alum Adam Smith (’10C) — took the student’s wizard hat and began questioning him. “This guy approached me and asked why I was wearing my hat. … I said that I like the hat, just as you like your pink shirt. He then asked me if I was gay, and I said I was. He then started choking me with his elbow and put me into a head lock, and he dragged me out of the party by my neck.” After the student was allegedly dragged the approximately 10 to 15 feet from the house’s common area to the door and thrown onto the front lawn, Smith was overheard telling other attendees “Hey, this kid’s a f****t.”

Adam responded to the allegations a few days later, claiming his motivation for attacking the gay student was “not homophobic“:

“This kid was at the party, and was acting kind of ridiculous. I went over, took his hat and started dancing around,” he said. Smith then said he asked the student: “Why are you wearing this gay ass hat?” According to Smith, the student replied that it was for the “same reason you’re wearing your pink shirt.” Smith said that he then asked if the student was implying that he (Smith) was “f***ing gay or something.” Receiving an affirmative reaction, Smith then admitted to putting him in a head lock and ejecting him from the party.

A quick scan of Adam’s Twitter account reveals he is a former Emory lacrosse player and Sigma Nu pledge. Also a “beer pong enthusiast.” The CW Network has yet to confirm if it is the same Adam Smith.

As far as we know, Adam’s only punishment was “a meeting with Dean for Campus Life Bridget Riordan, Director of LGBT Life at Emory Michael Shutt and Director of Greek Life Buck Cooke.”

Watch his delightful casting “plea” below:

And some delightful racist and homophobic tweets to accompany it:


Get Queerty Daily

Subscribe to Queerty for a daily dose of #adamsmith #america'snexttopmodel #cycle21 stories and more


  • balehead

    This happened years ago…Hopefully he has changed…

  • litper

    Another “straight” guy with insecurities…

  • matthew86

    Once a homophobe always a homophobe. Homophobes never change. This homophobic douchebag will never win antm nor will he ever make it in the fashion industry. You can’t be a homophobe in the fashion world he’s a disgusting ignorant scumbag

  • Cam

    So he claims he didn’t attack the student for homophobic reasons, then says that the fear that the student was implying that he was gay caused him to attack him.

    Um….sounds pretty f-ing homophobic.

  • LifeNewbie20s

    Any company that thinks of hiring him for modeling has the right to do so. That said, they should have all the facts about his violent, homophobic past sent to them while making their decision.

  • Sohobod

    His features make a really disturbingly rigid T shape. Eyes and brows on top, and the nose and too small mouth making the vertical. All too fixed.

    Plus he’s obviously as thick as s++t.

  • Stache1

    Yes because his explanation was just so much better. Obviously, he’s in the closet himself. Typically using violence against other gays so no one will suspect him. Sorry dipsh**. Doesn’t work that way.

    “he then asked if the student was implying that he (Smith) was “f***ing gay or something.” Receiving an affirmative reaction, Smith then admitted to putting him in a head lock and ejecting him from the party.”

  • Stache1

    Oh and his delusion of looking like Bruce lee and Ryan Gosling. LOL

  • katbox80

    This shit is still on?
    He looks high as fuck.

  • Eiswirth

    Sounds like an egotistical prick.

  • SteveDenver

    I wish more gays and lesbians would take basic self defense, so when some drunken idiot has you in a head lock, you have your elbow in his nuts or the heel of your hand pushing his pretty little nose into his sinuses or your hand in his pants twisting his boys dangerously close to ripping loose.

    He’s pretty to look at until you hear what a stupid jerk he is.

  • Mike

    He dropped out of grad school to do that? He does nothing for me. He’s got big ego issues.

  • Clark

    Geez …. Not everyone is going to like you all the time. It’s something you should have learned in kindergarten, but for some reason gay people never seem to accept. Grow up, and get over it. Life isn’t all roses and sunshine…people are different. I’d think that this website above all should know that.

  • JMNYC5

    …is there such a thing as an “Asian Redneck”…?

  • tjr101

    His own explanation was more incriminating than the victim’s, what an ass.

  • jmmartin

    Sometimes, the most violent homophobes are secretly gay and very closeted. Lashing out against gays by such persons was explained by Freud in explication of this theory of “projection,” the notion that we tend to project upon others traits in ourselves with which we are uncomfortable. Perhaps this guy is on the verge of a breakthrough. Let’s hope so.

  • Zekester

    You got to be fucking kidding me. THAT’S what passes as a “model” these days? They’re sure setting the bar low nowadays and this douchebag seems to have dragged his face across the concrete trying to squeeze under it!

  • Dakotahgeo

    AMEN to ALL the above comments!

  • Rooney

    You gotta be kidding me. If Bruce Lee, or Brandon Lee for that matter, were alive today they’d laugh him out of the room.

    It’s a myth that all mixed race kids are cute. His mouth is crooked, his teeth are too, but the real issue is that he’s dumb as rocks and is doing an audition in front of a polka dot shower curtain, in a terry cloth bathrobe, and without having a shower or brushing his hair first.

  • maxerred

    I’m sure Lance Bass will forgive him.

  • Ryan26pdx

    They’re casting him for the controversy/press. He clearly wasn’t chosen for his looks.

  • Jeanluc Capri

    The kid is not homophobic, he is just afraid to be estrocized by his family and friends. Adam Smith is gay! A quick scan on his physiognomic profile reveals reveals with a 98% accuracy that he is gay. He’ll come out eventually once he becomes financially independent. Cheers Dr. Jeanluc Capri, from New Zealand

  • johnny

    Listen, I’m fifty. I have never seen a heterosexual male react this way and NOT end up coming out of the closet somewhere down the line and in one form or another. A true straight guy is always secure in his sexuality and insinuations that he might be gay do not ruffle his feathers. Those who react violently (or protests too much) are reacting to possibly being found out. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Adam came out on this show as a publicity stunt and he’ll probably get favorable responses from the judges … and that could be his motive, as well.

  • Respect4all

    @jmmartin: News flash. Most people are not gay. Most homophobes are not gay. You guys have to get over this delusion that all homophobic assholes are closet cases. No, they’re just bigots.

  • Jay

    He’s not that pretty. How did he get on this show? Garrett Neff has nothing to worry about.

  • Respect4all

    @johnny: I don’t know that your 50 years make you an expert on straight male sexuality. Straight men, especially young ones, do all kinds of things to prove their masculinity. They play sports, drive fast cars, get into fights, drink too much, join the military, rape and abuse women AND beat up fags. None of these acts is evidence of their homosexuality. Perhaps it’s evidence of insecurity and the fragility of the male ego. Again, most men, including most homophobes, are NOT gay. Get over it.

  • Cam

    @Clark: said… “Geez …. Not everyone is going to like you all the time. It’s something you should have learned in kindergarten, but for some reason gay people never seem to accept. Grow up, and get over it.


    It’s funny when closet cases come on here and try to yell about the “Gays”.

    Hey Clark, funny, you don’t seem to want to accept the fact that “The Gays” don’t like this low IQ sad wannabee model either.

  • Jeanluc Capri

    During my career as a forensic psychologist ( Now doing something else), I have interviewed many people from all sort of social strata. I specialize in sexual orientation and my clients have always known about my confidentiality obligations. Thus I was able to hear the most amazing confessions form the most ‘unexpected’ heterosexuals. One of the prevalent issue justifying homophobia and hatred, was that in early life these poor ‘hetero’ souls have experienced rejection by a fellow man. This devastating experience of rejection, compelled them to be the most acerbic, scorned and most vociferous homophobic…. Exceptions still apply. Dr. Jeanluc Capri

  • jckfmsincty

    If I watched this show, I would stop watching this show.

  • CarrollAP

    I will not watch any show he is in!

  • CarrollAP

    @jckfmsincty: amen

  • Doughosier

    So he’s probably gay then.

  • BrokebackBob

    @balehead: Don’t hold your breath!

  • BrokebackBob

    @Respect4all: AMEN!

  • Timber

    I hate this hetro dick I hope his homophobic Malaysian ass gets thrown out to competition and he go’s get a job scrubbing toilets at gay beats!

  • litper

    @Clark: shut up, right-wing troll!

  • sfcarlos65

    I think this guy’s going to have issues from day one, and he’ll be forced to confront them.

  • balehead

    I think everyone on here needs to grow a life already…

  • johnny

    @Respect4all: @Respect4all: Wow. Hostile. I’m just speaking from what I’ve seen. You’re entitled to your opinion as am I. No reason to get angry.

  • johnny

    @Jeanluc Capri: Thank you for your educated input. I seem to have angered a few people with my similar observations.

  • johnny

    @Clark: Really? ALL “gay people never seem to accept?” Of course, if you focus on “Litper’s” rather infintile rebuttals you might come to that conclusion but making such insulting generalizations and then, in the same paragraph, saying, “people are different,” makes your debate slightly hypocritical. No one gay or straight person should be judged by comparison to another or by a small group such as this. That’s akin to racism. I think I understand your point, though. It’s just your wording that got me a little confused especially since EVERYONE likes me ALL the time. LOL! I’m just pulling your leg now. Have a good one and don’t pay any mind to Litper. He’s just upset because one of his flying monkeys isn’t house broken,yet.

  • balehead

    He’s hawt…He can change his opinion…you can’t change your face…

  • Niall

    Wait, ANTM is still on? How, the heck?

    This dude is obviously an idiot and I hope this is brought to the attention of the show so we can at least have a half-assed apology

  • johnny

    @balehead: Of course you can change your face! People do it all the time! LOL! But … objectively speaking … yes, he is “hawt” ….. until he opens his mouth. He won’t look like that in ten years but unless his priorities change he’ll still be, shall we say, intellectuality challenged? Honestly, I’ve never seen this show. I’ve dated some gorgeous guys but unfortunately their personalities didn’t have much room to grow because all thir energy went to the superficial. You can respect a physically beautiful person as a work of art … but take pictures while they are at their short-lived peak. Yes, it is important to take care of oneself but, ultimately, people are attracted to confidence, security, thoughts and passion, and I’m not strictly referring to intimate passion. How a person takes care of himself is a reflection of these qualities and his mental stability. Friends often will say things like, ‘Why are you dating him?’ before they even get to know the guy. Eventually, they figure it out, though. There are many more aspects to chemistry than what meets the eye. Unfortunately, with the priorities of society being as they are, these guys of which I speak are few and far between.
    Sorry. I’m a bit cerebral today. LOL!

  • Respect4all

    @johnny: Sorry, tone is difficult to communicate on the internet. I’m not hostile or angry; just frustrated and annoyed by the obsessive, naive and juvenile assumption often seen on Queerty that all homophobes are closet cases. I think it’s a kind of internalized homophobia: “You think you’re better than us; well you’re really one of us.” Frankly if we really believe these homophobes are gay, shouldn’t we be more sympathetic and supportive to them in dealing with the pain and difficulties we’ve all experienced?

  • Respect4all

    @johnny: Have you ever seen the movie “FAQs”? Absolutely terrible movie that perfectly, and stupidly, illustrates the kind of nonsense I’m talking about. Although they did embrace the violent, homophobic closet cases in the end.

  • litper

    @balehead: why did you remove that dog pic, right-winger dog-f**ker?

  • Bobby Christina Crawford

    @matthew86: My experience with homophobes is the same. They never change and if anything they get more homophobic with age.

    I think this happens because they freak out as more and more people are so accepting of gays. It makes their ignorance seem even more ignorant.

  • antago

    I find his act obnoxious, and the impulsive “protective instinct” downright offensive rather than defensive. It was a robotic, zombie act orchestrated by the impulsivity of society itself; I do think people can change, and it’s impossible to make a judgement from an article. I believe the violent and unjust nature of his action beckons suspicion, but I don’t believe that society gives everyone the equal opportunity to grow-up holy and blameless. I feel he should be obligated to apologize humbly on television and receive only forgiveness, but no reward apart from a God-given lesson.

  • johnny

    @Respect4all: That was so nice of you and I guess this makes me a hypocrite because I’m always complaining about the issue of attempting to communicate via the written word. I read anger into your imaginary voice and I apologize. And, no, I suppose all ‘phobes aren’t gay but you do raise an important issue which also eats away at me. These guys posting lashing out at others and name-calling … not much constructive about that. If I were in the closet and experienced this, I’d want to stay there. I’ve already considered “un-joining” Queerty after joining last night based on what I’ve read in these posts. Every oppressed minority has hundreds of different personalities within their midst. Those differences have to be set aside or else nothing productive can happen. Anger and hate are all negative, based on fear, and do very little to benefit progress. Based on some of these responses, I’d like to grab a few by the neck and throw them out in the front lawn, myself, but what would that accomplish? That would only fuel their anger and do nothing encouraging to make that person a better person.
    Thanks for the response, Respect4All.

  • johnny

    @Respect4all: I will look it up tonight. Hopefully it’s on NetFlix. I got sick and tired of television and got rid of it last Fall. If not, I’ll find it.

  • johnny

    @litper: Would you cool it, please? We’re not on here to offend each other and I would like to think that gays are better than that.

  • hephaestion

    What an embarrassment to Emory University this loser is! I won’t be watching the CW network or America’s Next Top Model anymore if they think this guy should be given a job there.

  • Respect4all

    @johnny: No apology necessary. Always pleased, and surprised, to encounter intelligence, sensitivity and civility on Queerty, or any website for that matter.
    Warning: the reference to “FAQs” is not a recommendation. As I said, it’s a terrible movie; just illustrates the absurd notion that homophobes are really closet cases. If you want to see great movies, I recommend “Weekend”, “Walk on Water”, and “No Regrets”, a terrific Korean film, all with gay themes.

  • Respect4all

    @Bobby Christina Crawford: That hasn’t been my experience. I’ve had numerous conversations with homophobes who were willing to listen and reassess their attitudes, i.e. to change. You have to approach them with reason, respect and sensitivity. I find this approach works with all types of prejudices. That doesn’t mean it works with everyone. The dogmatic religious ones are the hardest because they don’t respond well to reason.

  • carolynrdelarosa

    my neighbor’s mother-in-law makes $75 /hour on the internet . She has been out of a job for nine months but last month her income was $18167 just working on the internet for a few hours. browse around this website………. http://x.co/3x3ap

  • Clark

    @Cam: not a ‘closet case’ at all fool….just grounded in reality and secure enough not to need the constant approval of others.

  • Clark

    @litper: nah…just a gay guy that’s secure enough not to need the approval of others…especially small-minded wanks like you.

  • RickinTheCity

    “Are-kansas”? Really? Well, the bit about having brains is obviously a delusion on his part. But then they really don’t give a hoot about brains in this show. Who watches this drivel?

  • johnny

    @Respect4all: LMAO! Intelligence, sensitivity and civility on Queerty?!?! Dude, I moved out to “The Little House on the Prairie” and lost my husband to cancer three years ago. I’m lucky if I can find those qualities in anyone at the local library! “Oh, homo on the range, where the queer and his three dogs play!” This is “Green Acres!” Although, we somehow managed to move in next to a rather flamboyant, 66yo neighbor so maybe that should be “Queen Acres,” lol. Fortunately, I love nature and questionable civilization is only a half-an-hour away. But, thank you. It was nice debating (this rather shallow topic) with you.

  • yaye1699

    WOW, he’s a great mix, half asian/half white. He is sooooooo HOT!!!!!!!!

  • balehead

    Queerty Queens…once a straight hater always a straight hater…

  • Bdick

    Alright as someone who knows smith I can honestly say he is NOT a closet case at all…sry to disappoint you guys…sometimes drunk frat guys say politically incorrect shit that ends up haunting them…he’s a good dude who really doesn’t hate anyone…the WIZARD was asking for any sort of attention good or bad and he got it and ran with it and he was a total stranger to the crowd at that party being a fool…seriously you guys gotta calm down

  • SportGuy

    Who cares, he won’t win anyway. He is not attractive, he is too short, and asian. Those do not a top model make.

  • InkedTiles

    JFC people, everyone has said things without thinking or done things they regret due to intoxication. Normally yes, I would be very against homophobic behavior, but its shown on the reality series that he (at least currently) does not have any homophobic feelings and actually gets along well with one of the gay models in the competition. He admitted in the show that he shouldn’t have done what he did and that it was “100% bullying” he regrets his mistake and was even unable to land a job for a while because of this incident. Now it’s years after and he’s shown that he’s significantly change. It’s completely horrible that at least half of the comments here are calling him a closet case. Just going to someone and going your behaviors like this so I think your gay is beyond logical and actually a little borederline homophobic itself (oh the irony). At least try to find out what he’s like currently before you go judging a person by something that happened nearly 5 years ago.

  • InkedTiles

    Smith seems to be very fit and works out on a daily basis which might explain why people who are healthier and more fit would still have trouble resisting. More importantly this is only limited information, if you were to actually watch the show you see that he becomes less egotistic after the first few episodes and is currently on good terms with another competitor who happens to be gay.

  • Ksgirl81

    I’ll stick up for Adam here, it seems like he’s changed, when he talked to Will on the show about the incident it sounded like he felt bad about it and then even Will was ok with him from then on.

Comments are closed.