Sam Smith Powerfully Responded to a Homophobic Troll

August 13th 2015

Kyle Jaeger

You come across them all the time—fake social media accounts purporting to be run by celebrities, often marked by obscene posts meant to shock or offend followers—but most people don't give them much attention, even when the comments featured on these faux accounts are discriminatory or hateful. Enter Sam Smith. When the 23-year-old singer-songwriter of "Stay With Me" fame happened upon Instagram user "Gay Sam Smith," he decided to take the homophobic account owner to task.

Though "Gay Sam Smith" only had five followers to share its anti-gay content with, the real Smith—an openly gay, Grammy award-winning musician—took a screenshot of the fake profile and shared it with his 4.5 million Instagram followers.

"This genuinely doesn't offend me, coz I'm way too [thick]-skinned when it comes to this kind of shit," Smith commented. "BUT I just wanted to share this with everyone, so you can see how homophobia is still SO PRESENT in our society!!"

In just one day, the post has already garnered almost 90,000 likes and more than 8,000 comments, the vast majority offer words of encouragement and support for the musician, who publicly came out as gay last year in an interview with Fader. He told the magazine that his debut album, "In the Lonely Hour," which earned Smith a Grammy award for Record of the Year, was "about a guy that I fell in love with last year, and he didn't love me back."

"It’s about a guy and that’s what I wanted people to know—I want to be clear that that’s what it’s about," he continued. "I want to make it a normality because this is a non-issue. People wouldn’t ask a straight person these questions."

Asked why he thought people were so curious about his sexuality, Smith said that it probably had something to do with our desire, as modern humans in an increasingly complex society, to simplify and compartmentalize the world around us. "In the short time I’ve lived on this Earth, all I’ve seen are boxes," he explained. "People put things in boxes; it makes it easier to digest information."

"But I am an artist, and in interviews, speaking like this, it’s not my idea of art; it’s just my idea of exchange, talking human to human. It shouldn’t be an issue, but it will be an issue. It’s always an issue."

The account for fake Instagram user "Gay Sam Smith" has since been removed, according to Queerty.