Sam Smith has attracted the vitriol of the internet by admitting he doesn’t care for Michael Jackson.
Pray singer Sam made the confession in a video filmed by fellow openly gay singer Adam Lambert.
‘I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song’
Sam, Adam and friends were on a boat cruise in California when Sam is heard saying: ‘I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song.’
Someone off-camera can be heard responding: ‘Wow.’
Adam Lambert accidentally posts a video of Sam Smith saying:
‘I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song’ pic.twitter.com/Rhw1lnA5O0
— Music News Facts (@musicnewsfact) 10 August 2018
Beat It singer Michael, one of the most popular singers of all time, passed away of cardiac arrest in 2009.
His album Thriller is often reported to be the highest-selling of all time.
3T Singer TJ Jackson, son of Jackson 5 member Tito, criticized Sam on Twitter.
Michael Jackson’s nephew said: ‘Sam Smith made a career on singing R&B/soul music. So to look into a camera and disregard one of its pillars is ignorant, disrespectful and arrogant.
‘Everyone has opinions but @samsmithworld don’t disparage a soul pioneer when they helped paved the way for you and your music.’
Meanwhile Michael’s ex-partner, the Grammy-winning singer Stephanie Mills, reacted strongly, telling Sam to sit his ‘1 Hit Wonder Ass Down’.
‘Learn how to finish a tour’
The (You’re Puttin’) A Rush On Me singer said on Instagram: ‘Don’t come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was.’
She furthermore added: ‘I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artist and claiming that you don’t like our music. Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER ass down and learn how to finish a tour.’
She furthermore added: ‘When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something. So I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats and come for me if you want to.’
Stephanie has released 15 studio albums over a career spanning five decades.
She scored a top 10 hit in he US in 1980 with Never Knew Love Like This Before. The song won the Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance Grammy.
‘Sam Smith can have his opinion, of course’
Meanwhile, one Twitter user weighed in saying: ‘Sam Smith is over. What self respecting musician says they don’t like Michael Jackson? Honey..’
Another added: ‘Yes Sam Smith can have his opinion, of course. But you can’t just say “I don’t like Michael Jackson”, you have to say “I’m very sorry but Michael Jackson’s songs aren’t my fave.”‘