Why Sam Smith has let me down

Rebekah Scanlan
Senior Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

There’s no easy way for me to say this, so I’m just going to come right out with it.

Sam Smith has majorly let me down.

Fat-shaming is not OK, but it’s even harder to chew when it comes from a celebrity who has gone through their own public weight battle and should know better.

Sam Smith has been accused of fat-shaming a woman in a restaurant and it’s not OK. Source: Getty

Sam, you know what it’s like to be ridiculed for your body, so why you would do it to someone else? It beggars belief.

He broke my heart — and the majority of his 9.5m followers too — when he took to Instagram this week to share a video of a woman in Los Angeles tucking into a hearty brekkie in a restaurant.

This video of Sam’s boyfriend in a restaurant appears to be mocking British woman Lauren Brooks over the size of her meal. Source: Instagram/SamSmith

“Good going,” he captioned the clip, that showed his boyfriend Brandon clearly laughing and pulling a face.

He then proceeded to zoom in on the woman, Lauren Brooks’, plate of French toast, updating followers that the meal was “going gone”.

While he has denied intending to humiliate the girl he filmed, that’s most definitely what he did.

With one thoughtless tap on his phone he bashed another person for their weight, and as a loyal fan I expected better.

Sam, seen here in 2015, has spoken about his own battle with food, saying he was bullied for his weight in the past. Source: Getty

And as Lauren said so perfectly herself in an interview with the Daily Star, the consequences could have been monumental.

“Imagine if I was a girl who was even slightly insecure about her weight?” she told the outlet. “To have a celeb mock her for eating a meal would be horrendous.”

I’ve adored the British singer since he first shot onto the music scene back in 2012 as the featured singer on Disclosure’s song, Latch.

His first album In the Lonely Hour followed and it was filled with pain-filled tracks that sang to my heart.

He went on to lose more than 22kgs. Source: Getty

The relatable nature of his music catapulted Sam to fame and earned him millions of fans. There was something magic about his vulnerability.

Then in 2015, Sam embarked on a weight loss program and completely changed his appearance.

His once filled out face became slimmer and he started rocking tighter clothes. He seemed happy, and I was happy for him.

After losing 22kgs, he began opening up about his lifelong battle with emotional eating and how he used it to cope with being bullied for being “fat”.

“My relationship with food has just completely changed,” he told Today at the time, after explaining that he’d been getting “bigger and bigger and bigger”.

His story was so relatable for me and many others. I’ve always struggled with my food habits, reaching for that bar of chocolate when my emotions got the better of me.

He was accused of fat-shaming along with his boyfriend Brandon Flynn. Source: Instagram/SamSmith

Hell, I’ve munched my way through entire blocks when things have been really tough.

Knowing that Sam had experienced that churn of remorse us comfort eaters know all to well, just made me love him more.

Especially when he said he often went to be dreaming of toasted sandwiches. He was a man after my own heart.

When he came to Sydney at the start of this year to perform at the Opera House, I was one of the lucky few who snagged a ticket.

His performance was so inspiring, I publicly praised him on Be for making my life “richer”.

Us girls at Be had been so inspired by Sam Smith before this public shaming. Source: Supplied

That’s why this careless action stings so much.

Because it’s not just about me, it’s men and women all over the world who’ve now been made to feel guilty about ordering that side of fries with their burger, or the cheeky slice of cake in the office on a Friday afternoon.

Sam, it feels like you’ve forgotten what it feels like to be one of us.

Shame on you.


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