English singer/songwriter Sam Smith is riling conservatives again this time for their provocatively artistic magazine photo shoot.
Previously, the genderqueer singer, known for hits like "I'm Not the Only One" and "Dancing with a Stranger," outraged right-wingers who rebuked Smith's "Satanic" performance of "Unholy" at the Grammy's last week.
Smith recently shared an Instagram snap of them gracing the cover of the fashion mag, Perfect, captioned with:
"HONEY ROASTED SAM."
The titillating image was of the singer lying face down partially nude on the floor and bound in pink tape in addition to wearing pink latex gloves and boots.
Smith, who used to have personal issues over their body image since their pre-teen years, has openly discussed this and has come to embrace and promote body positivity.
The print issue's description read:
“Autonomy: the power of self, of personal choice, of independence."
"It is the ability to make one’s own decisions, to live as we see fit."
Like the magazine's name suggested, everything about the cover was perfect.
The magazine explained it curated innovative artists to highlight in the issue.
“In this issue, we have gathered a stellar cast of incredible human beings, each of whom has carved their own path and soldiered forward to leave a profound mark on this world.”
Smith epitomized this description.
They've challenged stereotypes since coming out as non-binary in 2019 and unapologetically embracing their sexual identity and body image in public.
Their Instagram announcement at the time read:
"After a lifetime of being at war with my gender I've decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out..."
"I've been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think."
They've come a long way and we're glad to see them arrive.
But not everyone was here for the recent magazine cover of Smith all caught up and wrapped in pink tape.
An obnoxiously loud demographic of haters left comments like, "Noone needs to see this," "vile content," "sickening sh*t," and "Sam, you have sold your soul to the dark side!"
In spite of fatphobic and anti-LGBTQ+ comments in response to the Perfect magazine cover, Smith fans showed up en masse to defend their favorite music personality.
Bigots are outnumbered.
Perfect: Issue Four will be out on newsstands on February 18.