Sam Smith fans defend the singer after trolls criticise quarantine Instagram video
16 April 2020, 16:13
A video of Sam Smith crying over the UK being placed in lockdown went viral in March, and has resurfaced with trolls mocking him, by pitting him against 100-year-old fundraiser, Captain Tom Moore who has raised over £12million for the NHS.
Any avid internet scroller will remember the day UK was put into lockdown due to coronavirus - toilet roll hoarding happened, the Nintendo Switch immediately went out of stock, and singer Sam Smith was trolled for posting a video of themselves crying.
And just when the storm was dying down, the same video of the 'Writing's On The Wall' singer has resurfaced - and they're being trolled twice as hard.
Sam originally originally posted the video to Instagram in March, highlighting the mental health struggles of being locked indoors. However, trolls quickly jumped in to call out how hard it must be for the singer to be trapped inside their £12million London mansion during this time.
A few shady tabloid headlines later, and it seemed like everything had calmed down, but Sam is now once again trending on Twitter because of the same video - this time with trolls pitting them against 100-year-old veteran Captain Tom Moore, who just surpassed £12million is fundraising for the NHS. And we have to say, the comments are pretty rotten.
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Whether they agreed with the premise of the 27-year-old's video, fans have this time quickly leapt to their defence, shutting down haters trying to denounce their gender identity, brand them with the token 'snowflake' nickname, and pass off homophobic comments.
People are also pointing out the hypocrisy of some commentators for sending hateful about Sam, while also supporting the 'be kind' movement which swept across Twitter following the tragic suicide of TV presenter Caroline Flack's mere months ago (Feb 15).
In December 2019, Caroline Flack posted a quote on Instagram: “In a world where you can be anything, be kind.” Just 72 days later, she took her own life, sparking a wider conversation about online bullying and trolling of celebrities.
I’m so counfused as to why people hate Sam Smith? They didn’t caption the crying photo “fuck veterans”? Just because there was a war 80 years ago doesn’t mean his mental health is invalid. Or is this secretly about how you prefer the homophobic, transphobic generations to ours. https://t.co/4B3KPmTznz— Commie spice 🚩🌲 (@commie_spice) April 16, 2020
So because Sam Smith isn’t a 99 year old war veteran, he isn’t allowed to have mental health issues? Fuck that https://t.co/AkKouwYMMr— Ben🏴☠️🚩 (@benstringer__) April 16, 2020
Do people realise that you can praise and have admiration for the INCREDIBLE #SirTomMoore while not shitting on others like Sam Smith?— Sam rees (@Samrees10717136) April 16, 2020
Stop comparing how people are dealing with this situation. You can support heros like Tom and NHS workers AND support those struggling with MH
Sam Smith is clearly having a tough time, but is also helping raise awareness of MH. It’s OK to find these times tough. Those that were touched by #bekind - remember those emotions now, and don’t jump on the bandwagon. pic.twitter.com/NLOG4sMkJO— Bess (@BessTSD) April 16, 2020
Sam hasn't yet commented on the resurfacing of the footage, but we're glad that fans and ordinary-decent-folk alike are clubbing together to stop unnecessary trolling in such uncertain times.