Sam Smith has become the latest celebrity who has to deal with fake social media accounts created using his likeness. In Smith’s case, it was an Instagram user who created “GAYSAMSMITH.” The account featured a headline and profile description that was crude and vile, not to mention riddled with capitalization errors: “there is a fag, his name is sam. when he’s on, I like to cry. he is gay but that’s okay, we can all make fun of him”.
Upon discovering the fake account, the 23-year-old Grammy Award winning singer shared a screenshot of the profile with his 4.5 million followers — a far cry from the faux account’s 5 followers — along with the caption, “This genuinely doesn’t offend me, coz I’m way too [thick] skinned when it comes to this kind of shit. BUT I just wanted to share this with everyone, so you can see how homophobia is still SO PRESENT in our society!!”
Props to Sam for taking the high road. He is obviously not going to spend any time worrying about the hateful trolling that takes place on social media.
The phony account has since been removed from Instagram.
On a lighter note, a wax figure of the British crooner was unveiled at Madame Tussauds in San Francisco earlier in the week. Smith was on hand at the museum for the big reveal and posted several photos of him posing with the statue, as well as kissing and licking its cheek. When speaking to fans who attended the event, he jokingly invited them to “feel free to squeeze my wax bum!”
The singer worked with a team of artists for about four hours to help create the wax replica; however, he had to pose again after his recent weight loss.
Smith capped off his Madame Tussauds visit by having a little fun with Leonardo DiCaprio and Neil Patrick Harris, as well as getting in on Whoopi Goldberg’s Sister Act and having Breakfast at Tiffany’s with Audrey Hepburn.