Smith, who came out as non-binary earlier this year, responded to a Twitter post that referred to them as “batty boy.” Smith replied with a succinct clarification: “It’s batty them.”
It almost goes without saying, but the original tweeter has since deleted the “batty boy” post.
Smith’s reply, however, has received thousands of likes and encouraging responses.
Batty boy who even uses that term now go back to 1957 ??? weirdo
— Gary ????? (@Garywilliams83) November 11, 2019
“Batty boy who even uses that term now go back to 1957 weirdo,” said user @Garywilliams83.
“Thank u for making me feel valid as a nonbinary person!!” user @juIietIive wrote.
thank u for making me feel valid as a nonbinary person !!
— robin (@juIietIive) November 11, 2019
Sam Smith first exploded onto the pop scene with the tune “Stay with Me” in 2014. Since then, they’ve gone on to win an Academy Award and four Grammy Awards, including Song of the Year. They came out as nonbinary earlier in 2019, and have endured a fair amount of criticism for their gender identity.