February 29, 2016


Dustin Lance Black Calls Out Sam Smith: 'Stop Texting My Fiancé'

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Sam Smith just got a history lesson! During his 2016 Oscars acceptance speech, after winning Best Original Song for Spectre's "Writing's On The Wall," the singer made this statement: "I read an article a few months ago by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said that no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar. If this is the case—even if it isn't the case—I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world."

But it turns out that Oscar-winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black was none too pleased with that assumption! "Hey @SamSmithWorld, if you have no idea who I am, it may be time to stop texting my fiancé," the 41-year-old tweeted along with a video of his 2009 Oscar win for Milk. Black is currently engaged to Olympic diver Tom Daley, and based on this tweet, Smith may be stirring drama in their personal lives.

Along with Black, other people were quick to correct the "Lay Me Down" singer's statements. Clean Bandit's Neil Milan tweeted after the Oscars ceremony that Smith was "talking crap again" and that the Spectre theme song is "flaccid." Ouch.

While Smith's sentiments were in a good place, there have definitely been openly gay winners of the Best Original Song category before him—including Melissa Etheridge in 2007 and Elton John in 1994. Black also made history in 2009 as he became the first known openly gay man to take home the award for Best Original Screenplay, for Milk. Smith may want to do more research next time around.