As they should, folks (and singer Stephanie Mills in particular) are giving Sam Smith the proverbial side eye. The white British “Soul” singer learned the hard way what happens when you disrespect for the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
He was seen, on a boat trip with Adam Lambert, another British singer, saying on camera: “I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song.”
Damn. Talk about putting your foot in your mouth. But the bigger issue is that Smith, like a lot os white so-called R&B singers are guilty of appropriation of black m usic and black artist like Michael Jackson. And then to have the nerve to publicly diss Michael? Oh, hell no. That ain’t gonna go down very easily with Michael’s fans and black folk in particular.
In fact, Smith’s comments so infuriated R&B legend Stephanie Mills, she had no problem putting her proverbial foot all the way up his proverbial u-know-what. Check out what she told the Grammy-winner.
“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,” Mills wrote on Instagram, launching into a scathing attack on Smith that he likely wasn’t expecting.
“I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artist and claiming that you don’t like our music,” Mills continued. “Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER ass down and learn how to finish a tour. When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something.”
Before she was through, Mills — who dated Jackson back in the 70s, as Essence noted — gave Smith a warning: Don’t even think about responding.
“So I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats,” she commanded, “and come for me if you want to.”
Oh yeah, she also reminded folks that Smith once referred to someone as a “black cunt”:
And of course, Stephanie and Michael’s fans gave their whole-hearted support:
“When chile!! That read!!!
“YOU TELL EM!!! white ‘artists’ steal from Black artists all the time and then turn around and say, ‘I don’t like R&B/Hip Hop/Soul’ or whatever type of Black music they tried to make their own and FAILED AT. It’s sickening, and I’m glad we have a legend speaking the truth so openly.”
“I love that @iamstephaniemills is taking no prisoners. The foolishness coming from these people needs to be called out.”
Meanwhile, one fan, a Smith defender, wrote:
“Not everyone likes the same music/artists. The world be boring if the world only liked or disliked the same things. You do you @samsmithworld.”
So far, Smith hasn’t responded. We’re betting he won’t.
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