Fascinating

Sam Smith has asked fans to refer to them using the pronouns they/them – six months after coming out as non-binary.

In a post to their 13.4 million followers on Instagram, the chart-topping singer-songwriter said they had come to the decision after spending “a lifetime of being at war” with their gender.

Smith, 27, revealed earlier this year that they had questioned their gender and had at one time considered a sex change.

A person who identifies as non-binary does not define themselves exclusively as masculine or feminine and generally prefers they/them pronouns, rather than he/she.

Smith said: “Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out.

And to the extent that you get to define what we call you fine. Do recall that if we call you something else we’re just being impolite, not oppressive.

One question from an old codger though, before being a they Sam Smith was a he or a she?

26 comments on “Fascinating

  1. Smith said: “Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out”.

    Now, that sentence shows what utter (attempted) mind-controlling bullshit this is.

    If he (which he is) wants to be called they / them and *truly* believes that, then surely he would have said “Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided *we are* changing *our* pronouns to THEY/THEM after a lifetime of being at war with *our* gender *we’ve* decided to embrace *ourselves* for who *we are* inside and out”.

    But he doesn’t. It’s such utter cuntery.

  2. But look at accompanying pictures- ‘they’ are a bearded laydee! Always thought Sam with his whining vocals was a bad choice for a James Bond film.
    They is an utterly confused self obsessed loon

  3. This is just silly of course – third person pronouns are what I use to talk about somebody else, so it’s my language and the pronouns therein belong to me, so I get to decide what terms I like to use for anybody or anything.

    If not, how am I supposed to refer to this person if talking about xir in French?

  4. I’m insisting that when referring to me, you use the made-up pronoun “White supremacist, Hitler was right”.

    If that’s ok with you guys and gals.

  5. Is they the one with the amazing dancing bear? Or maybe they’s amazing dancing bare?
    Or is they a beer?

  6. The correct gender neutral personal pronoun, which has been around longtime, is ‘one’.

    Smith said: “Today is a good day so here goes. One has decided one is changing one’s pronouns to ONE after a lifetime of being at war with one’s gender one has decided to embrace oneself for who one is inside and out.

    See how well that works? But then one would not be able to draw attention to oneself if one just used the normal linguistic convention… would one?

    That would never do.

  7. “Them” is non-specific plural or non-known not-within-conversation.
    “They want them…”
    Who wants what? They who? Them who? The Bilderberg Group? The Inebriati?

  8. Everyone +1

    But it’s also a bit like Alain Delon’s phase of referring to himself in the third person, or Prince becoming that squiggle thing.

  9. @Rowdy September 14, 2019 at 10:39 am

    Who the fark is Sam Smith

    Sam Fox’s male persona?

    Gender fluid Fireman Sam?

    On a serious note; isn’t he the definition of a Schizophrenia? Someone should give him Lithium

    @JohnB +1

    @Mr Lud

    The Cadbury Twirl?

  10. What Lockers and John B said. This puts the onus on the others to adapt, and Sam Smith changes nothing in his own use of pronouns.

    “The universe must adapt to me”.

    Something about hell and handcarts.

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