Sam Smith quits Twitter after Oscars speech backlash

Sam Smith quits Twitter after Oscars speech backlash

Sam Smith's acceptance speech at the Oscar Awards has sparked outrage and the singer is leaving Twitter.

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Smith won the Best Original Song prize during Sunday night's Academy Awards for Spectre's Writing's on the Wall

During his acceptance speech, he claimed to be the first openly gay man to win the award.

Apparently, Smith was wrong - Sir John Gielgud was the first openly gay actor to win an Oscar for his turn in classic 1981 comedy Arthur.

Among the other openly gay men to be awarded the top honor include Sir Elton John who scooped Best Original Song for Circle Of Life in 1994 and Alan Ball, who took honors for Best Original Screenplay for American beauty in 2000. 

One of the winners, 'Milk' screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, hit out at Smith in a tweet that included a link to his 2008 acceptance speech. 

The tweet also accuses Sam Smith of texting Blck's fiance, Olympic swimmer Tom Daley.

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Sam Smith tried to do some damage control. 

Smith eventually wrote that he is leaving the world of Twitter now. 

(Photo: Twitter/@samsmithworld)

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