Sam Smith Responds to Criticism After Tweeting Racist Encounter: 'This Is Not About Me In Any Way'

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Sam Smith performs during Day 2 of 2015 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on Sept. 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Earlier this week, Grammy winner Sam Smith became a Twitter target after he tweeted about a friend's racist encounter in London. While tweets poured in, mocking the U.K. vocalist for "discovering racism in 2016," Smith took to Instagram to respond to the criticism.

"For the record, I was merely sharing an experience that I had in the hope it would draw attention to how ridiculous it is to be racist in 2016," he wrote. 

Sam Smith 'Deeply Shocked' By Friend's Racist Encounter in London

"This is not about me in any way. It's about a deep rooted issue we have in our society that should now be extinct," he continued. "I don't profess to know or remotely understand what it means to be on the receiving end of racist abuse but having been bullied my whole life for being gay, what I do know is that it is wrong and completely unacceptable."

 

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After a friend was apparently berated with racist comments on Tuesday (Jan. 19), Smith tweeted that he was "deeply shocked" by the whole ordeal. 

He wrapped his Instagram statement with, "Here's to people being allowed to be people." 

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