Sam Smith is using Instagram to clarify tweets he made earlier this week about racism.
Smith was ridiculed by a lot of people after tweeting that he was shocked racism still exists in 2016. The singer used Twitter to detail an incident he witnessed involving his friend being verbally assaulted with racial epithets in London. Smith called the racism shocking.
In response, he has posted a message on Instagram to reply to the attacks head on. "This is not about me in any way," he writes. "It's about a deep rooted issue we have in our society that should now be extinct." He goes on to cite his experience with being bullied for being gay, and closes with the statement, "Here's to people being allowed to be people."
"For the record, I was merely sharing an experience that I had in the hope it would draw attention to how ridiculous it is to be racist in 2016," he wrote.
"This is not about me in any way. It's about a deep rooted issue we have in our society that should now be extinct," he continued. "I don't profess to know or remotely understand what it means to be on the receiving end of racist abuse but having been bullied my whole life for being gay, what I do know is that it is wrong and completely unacceptable."
He wrapped his Instagram statement with, "Here's to people being allowed to be people."
It appears that "white privilege" is so real all around the world.