A gender fluid British pop star faced widespread mockery after he shared pictures of his “quarantine meltdown” to social media.
Much like most of the rest of the world, the United Kingdom has instituted self-quarantine and social distancing measures in the hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.
The resulting isolation has proven difficult for many, including English singer-songwriter Sam Smith.
Smith, who is nonbinary and uses “they/them” pronouns, shared photos to Instagram on Thursday documenting his psychological struggles during the coronavirus pandemic.
The three pictures depict Smith’s progressively declining mental state.
In the final shot, he appears to be weeping.
Commenters on social media slammed Smith for what some characterized as “attention seeking.”
“FFS. I can’t take any more of this celebrity attention-seeking bulls**t,” tweeted English TV personality Piers Morgan in response to the singer’s “meltdown.”
“Get a grip, the lot of you,” Morgan added.
Right-wing provocateur Paul Joseph Watson characterized Smith as “another vacuous celebrity who is devastated at a global pandemic getting more attention.”
“Isolated in a £12 million mansion. Poor baby. Must be tough,” he tweeted.
He's crying over isolation when the person is super rich living a life of fucking luxury in a mansion with god knows how many rooms, games rooms, swimming pools etc
Whilst the rest of, many elderly stuck in small flats, prefabs, terraced houses.
— Anthony Lock – Never Give Up… Never Give In… (@BrokenByWar) March 19, 2020
“Christ it’s all about the attention isn t it? Absolute fanny,” tweeted one commenter.
nothing like a pandemic to make you realize how much you hate celebrities… really sam smith …. pic.twitter.com/HXcLIhJoyn
— great ratsby (@jayratsbynyc) March 19, 2020
“He could donate some of his vast wealth to help, the homeless, elderly, housebound, ill, those losing their jobs, struggling business, HMRC, there are endless ways he can make himself feel better,” said another user.
Some commenters defended Smith, arguing that his exorbitant wealth couldn’t guard against the deleterious effects of mental illness.
Money doesn't save you from your own mental health. Saying they live in a '12 million house so they shouldn't be upset' is fucking stupid. Also stop misgendering them
— laura • jay stan first human second (@highwaybowden) March 19, 2020
Others demanded that Smith’s pronouns be respected:
i dont care how you feel about sam smith
respect their fucking pronouns
— alex//simp for noor (@jakebazis4_11) March 19, 2020
A further 39 people have died in England after testing positive for the disease, bringing the total number of confirmed deaths in the country to 167, the National Health Service said on Friday.
Supermarkets in Great Britain have been forced to limit purchases after frantic shoppers stripped shelves. Outside one Sainsbury’s supermarket in central London on Thursday, a huge queue had formed ahead of opening, with people standing calmly in the rain, Reuters video showed.
(Reuters contributed to this report.)