TV Presenter Slammed For Calling Sam Smith ‘He’ And Misgendering Them Multiple Times On Show

Lorraine Kelly misgendered Sam Smith numerous times while discussing their outfit from the Barbie premiere.
Credit: ITV & Alamy

A TV presenter has been slammed for calling Sam Smith ‘he’ and misgendering them multiple times.

Smith, 31, is undoubtedly one of the biggest artists today – known for their hit songs ‘I’m Not The Only One’, ‘Money On My Mind’ and the theme song for Spectre ‘Writings On The Wall’.

Although, they have also been subject to their fair share of criticism, including for their ‘satanic’ performance at the Grammys, as well as the outfit they wore on the red carpet at the Brits.

However, the ‘How Do You Sleep’ singer still has a legion of fans who will defend the artist no matter what – which is what happened after a TV presenter misgendered them repeatedly during a segment on the show.

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After recording a track for the film, Smith made an appearance on the pink carpet for the London premiere of the Barbie movie.

The majority of the celebrities in attendance opted to don Barbie-inspired outfits while Smith went for a more casual look that was adored by fans.

The ‘Stay With Me’ artist made an appearance on the London pink carpet dressed in an oversized black sweatshirt and large flared light blue jeans.

Following the premiere, TV presenter Lorraine Kelly, 63, discussed the look on her talk show with guest Vogue Williams however, she misgendered the Smith several times.

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Kelly referred to Smith – who came out to his fans and followers as non-binary in 2019 and prefers to be referred to with they/them pronouns – with male pronouns, which viewers were quick to pick up on.

Looking at the photo of their premiere outfit, Lorraine said: “Oh, he’s dressed down.”

She then continued by saying: “It’s a bit big for him. If he was my son, I’d say, ‘Son, that was a bit big for you’. He looks like the wee shrinking man, bless him.”

Sam Smith at Barbie premiere.
Lorraine Kelly has been slammed for calling Sam Smith ‘he’ and misgendering him multiple times. Credit: Alamy

Meanwhile, Irish model and media personality Williams used Sam’s correct pronouns as she explained they would ‘certainly stand out on the red carpet’.

Lorraine continued: “He’ll stand out. He knows what he’s doing does that fella.”

Fans of the singer and songwriter were unimpressed with the presenter’s misgendering and took to social media to slam the TV host.

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One user wrote on Twitter: “I guess Lorraine didn’t get the memo about Sam Smith and their chosen pronouns, awkward.”

Another user added: “Lorraine having none of Sam Smith and their pronouns. Using ‘him’ as many times in one sentence as she could!”

A third user said: “Not Lorraine misgendering Sam Smith over and over!”

Lorraine did in fact respond to one critic online, who has since deleted their tweet, as she wrote: “Fair comment, Ollie.

“Not in the least intentional but will take on board – thanks for bringing to my attention,” followed by a red heart emoji.

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Written by Ryan Wilks

Ryan is a former content editor at IGV who specialises in celebrity and entertainment news. He has a degree in Magazine Journalism and Production from the University of Gloucestershire. He previously worked as a social media editor for Reach PLC’s national brands including Daily Star, Daily Express, OK! and The Mirror.