Sam Smith's Memorable Speech
Author: Evelien Peeters
Tuesday 1st of March 2016 10:48:13 AM

This year’s Oscars are over again and oh boy, it was a memorable one!

Not only did the shiny dresses and the lovely couples impress us, there's also the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar: a moment we’ve all been waiting for. I haven’t seen The Revenant yet, but I think he definitely deserves it for all his other great performances!

 

And there was another amazing winner: Sam Smith won an Oscar for his song in the latest James Bond film ‘Writing’s On The Wall’. We are very happy for him and he is a great singer, but he made a bit of a mistake during his speech, when he said that he read an article saying that not one openly homosexual person has ever won an Oscar before he did. Therefore he wanted to dedicate his win to the LGBT community and that he hoped that one day we could all live together as equals.

What he didn’t know is that many openly gay people DID win an Oscar before him -and the article was only talking about actors, not other categories.

For example the legendary Elton John, Stephen Sondheim and Ahnoni, the second openly transgender nominee.

Sam’s mistake already got a lot of feedback, saying that he should’ve done more research  before giving an improvised speech.

Luckily other people have put that 'detail' aside and said that his message still was very strong and important for society.

I’m on ‘Team Sam’. However, I do believe that you should do some research before saying something important, although the message he wanted to give didn’t lose any power through that one mistake. Living all together, no matter what race, gender, age, culture is what we should set as our goal. I hope you agree!

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