Inaccurate information does not take away from significance


At this year’s Academy Awards, Sam Smith made a comment in his speech that sent people on social media into a complete frenzy.

On Sunday night, Smith said in his speech that he believed he was the first openly gay man to win an Oscar. “I read an article a few months ago, by Sir Ian McKellen, and he said no openly gay man had ever won an Oscar,” Smith said, “and if this is the case — and even if it isn’t the case — I want to dedicate this to the LGBT community all around the world.”

This gesture was not only a good move on his part for his public image, but makes complete sense. Smith has shown support for the LGBT community, not only because he is openly gay. He wants to show that he cares about the society that he is a part of.

According to a New York Times article, he took this comment and made it mean something else entirely. McKellen said in an interview with the Guardian, speaking of the best actor category, “No openly gay man has ever won the Oscar; I wonder if that is prejudice or chance.”

Smith took to social media to speak about his error. “Second openly gay man to win an Oscar or third or fourth or 100th, it wasn’t my point,” he said. “My point was to shine some light on the LGBT community who I love so dearly.”

This is exactly the point.

People make mistakes all the time. It shouldn’t matter if he said something that was later found to be inaccurate. The point of this speech was to say that he dedicated this win to the LGBT community. He didn’t care if he was the first to win an Oscar. He just wanted to make this award not only another win for him, but another win for the LGBT community all over the world.