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Sam Smith's Music Video for 'I'm Not Here to Make Friends' Is Causing Controversy for Multiple Reasons, Including in the LGBTQ+ Community

Sam Smith's Music Video for 'I'm Not Here to Make Friends' Is Causing Controversy for Multiple Reasons, Including in the LGBTQ+ Community

Sam Smith‘s new music video for their song “I’m Not Here to Make Friends” is causing all kinds of controversy from multiple groups of people.

The song is featured on Sam‘s new album Gloria, which was just released this past Friday.

The video starts with Sam wearing a giant pink feathered robe while flying into the front yard of an estate on a helicopter. They wore the same robe during their Saturday Night Live performance earlier this month.

Sam continues the video in a black tuxedo dress with a large headpiece and gives off Hello, Dolly vibes while descending the giant staircase. Later in the video, Sam and their dancers go scantily clad in corsets, nipple pasties, and a bedazzled jock strap. Water shoots at them, seemingly resembling a golden shower.

While Sam swings from a chandelier, dancers in underwear are seen being intimate in bed.

Multiple groups of people are taking issue with the video, including members of the LGBTQ+ community. It’s important to note that more people appear to be defending the video than taking hits at it.

Keep reading to find out more…

Read all about the controversies below.

Fatphobic comments in the LGBTQ+ community

Sam has been targeted with fatphobic comments from people within the LGBTQ+ community who have criticized them for wearing a corset in the video.

The video has been drawing comparisons to fashion model Leonardo Hanna Azrak, who wore a corset to a Mugler event back in December 2022. See HERE.

One viral tweet read, “Hateful fatphobic gays be like idk the outfit is ugly so it’s okay I can keep bullying Sam Smith but if the muscle gay on the right wore the same corset they’d be gagging all over again. Idc what anyone says, if a twink or especially a muscle gay wore the entirely same outfit y’all would be doing backflips about it.”

Some gay fans say they have no problem with Sam wearing a corset, but they just didn’t like the way it fit the singer.

One person tweeted, “opinion from a fat person who actually looks at proportions & styling as part of a job: sometimes things don’t look good on people, fat or skinny. this styling is objectively bad. the fact that we have to accept fat people looking bad bc we have to be ‘inclusive’ is patronizing.”

Comparisons to Harry Styles

There have also been the inevitable comparisons to Harry Styles, who often gets praise for his gender-bending outfits. Sam, who is non-binary, is now getting backlash for their own gender-bending outfits.

“harry styles, a straight man shows femininity and wears dresses in videos and gets praised for it, sam smith a non binary person does the same and is misgendered and shamed. social media makes me sick,” one person on Twitter wrote.

Another said, “If Sam Smith were thin, cis, and straight, they wouldn’t be ridiculed for how they present and dress. If Harry Styles wore the same fits on a magazine cover, y’all would be screaming YAS QUEEN. Anyway, support fat queer people.”

The Backlash from Right-Wing Media

Unsurprisingly, there is also backlash from right-wing media, who say that Sam‘s video is inappropriate for children to watch and shouldn’t be available on YouTube.

Thankfully, lots of fans are speaking out against this backlash.

Fans Defending Sam!

Read what fans are saying below!

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