Sam Smith’s non-binary pronouns anger Australian radio host: ‘I’m sick of this’

Sam Smith’s use of non-binary pronouns has confused an Australian radio show host, who compared it to identifying as a black woman and using the N-word. 

Stay With Me singer Sam announced they would be using ‘they’ and ‘their’ pronouns going forward back in September. 

The 26-year-old pop star was a guest on Australia’s KIIS FM Kyle and Jackie O radio show on Tuesday (21 April), but not before the hosts discussed their new choice of pronouns. 

‘I’m sick of this. Why do I have to do this?’ shock jock Kyle fumed, according to Daily Mail Australia, prompting Jackie O to reply: ‘That’s the way it is these days, hun.’ 

Kyle then theorised: ‘I’ll be now allowed to use the N-word, because I identify as a black woman. Is that right? Is that how it works?’ 

Newsreader Brooklyn Ross then explained: ‘You can just say his name,’ to which Jackie corrected him: ‘Their name, Brooklyn.’ 

‘I’m not buying into the “their”,’ Kyle later stated. ‘I can’t. It’s too much. “They’re an absolute sweetie”, like there’s two of them.’ 

Jackie O then suggested: ‘When you’re talking to him [sic], imagine you’re talking to The Veronicas. That’s how I do it.’ 

Last year, Sam penned a letter explaining how they now identify as non-binary after previously using male pronouns. 

‘Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM,’ they told fans via social media. 

They continued: ‘After a lifetime of being at war with my gender, I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but f**k it! 

‘I understand there will be many mistakes and misgendering but all I ask is you please, please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.’ 

Sam went on: ‘I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am. So for now I just want to be VISIBLE and open.’ 

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