Lorraine misgenders Sam Smith
Lorraine Kelly has responded to viewer backlash after she misgendered singer Sam Smith several times during a report on the London premiere of Barbie.
Commenting on the 31-year-old Oscar-winning star’s outfit, she remarked: “And what about Sam Smith? Oooh, he’s dressed down. Sam Smith, you’ve dressed down.”
This led fans to take to social media to comment in their droves about her faux pas, including a Twitter user called @OllieollieGA.
“@reallorraine VERY lazy journalism not addressing Sam Smith with they/them pronouns… come on – seriously!! #Lorraine,” they wrote.
“Fair comment Ollie,” Lorraine responded in a comment that could be seen by her 742,800 followers. “Not in the least intentional but will take on board – thanks for bringing to my attention,” she wrote.
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For his part, @ollieollieGA took the TV icon’s response magnanimously writing: “Thank you!! Probably came across as a mean comment – just wanted to bring it to your attention!!”
Sam, who has contributed a song to the soundtrack of the movie, wore a statement outfit of wide-leg denim trousers which they paired with an oversized navy sweatshirt with the words 16XL emblazoned across the front.
While discussing the red carpet looks with Vogue Williams Lorraine observed: “It is a bit big for him. Now if he was my son, I’d be saying, ‘Son, that’s too big for you. It’s drowning you.'”
Vogue didn’t correct Lorraine on her mistake although she stuck to the correct pronouns for the star saying: “I’d be into the jumper but maybe for the airport. It wasn’t Barbiecore but it’s their own style.”
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However, Lorraine didn’t even pick up on the pronoun Vogue used and laughed: “I know but he looks like a wee shrinking man. Oh bless him.”
Viewers were not amused and alongside @OllieollieGA, many took to Twitter to comment. @shanehursty posted: “Lorraine clearly needs to get with the pronouns if your gonna be a presenter. #lorraine.” (sic)
@x0RCR asked: “Is #lorraine misgendering Sam Smith or have things changed?”
“I guess Lorraine didn’t get the memo about Sam Smith and their chosen pronouns, awkward #GMB #GoodMorningBritain #Lorraine,” @LisaKel04102898 wrote.
Sam previously spoke about how changing their pronouns felt like “coming home” as the singer explained on Apple Music 1: “My family, they can communicate with me, they always did, but they communicate with me now in an even better way.
“My love life has become better from it. I feel lovable. I feel comfortable in my skin, but I wear what I want to wear.”
Lorraine airs weekdays on ITV from 9am.
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