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08/14/2018 01:12 pm ET

Sam Smith Says He Doesn't Like Michael Jackson And Twitter Isn't Having It

The "Stay With Me" singer was deemed "disrespectful and arrogant" in his apparent distaste for the King of Pop's music.

Sam Smith found himself in hot water on social media this week over his professed distaste for Michael Jackson

Taking a short break from his Thrill of It All world tour last week, Smith was on a boat trip off the California coast with fellow singer and longtime pal Adam Lambert when he was caught proclaiming a dislike for Jackson’s music. Lambert posted an Instagram video in which Smith can be heard saying, “I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song,” as Jackson’s 1982 hit “Human Nature” plays in the background.  

Possibly predicting the reaction Smith’s remark would arouse among Jackson’s fans, Lambert deleted the video shortly thereafter. Unfortunately for Smith, his comment was captured for posterity by Music News Facts.

Not surprisingly, the clip got a blistering response on social media.

Most defended Jackson, who won 13 Grammys and scored 13 No. 1 singles before his death in 2009. 

Among those to weigh in was the King of Pop’s nephew, T.J. Jackson, who called Smith “ignorant, disrespectful and arrogant.”

The harshest words, however, came from Stephanie Mills. The Grammy-winning singer-actress dated Jackson in the late 1970s, and made her feelings known about Smith’s aversion to her former beau in a heated Instagram post Sunday.  

“Don’t come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was,” she wrote. “Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER ass down and learn how to finish a tour.” 

Thus far, Smith has not responded publicly to the criticism. 

Fortunately, the four-time Grammy winner looks poised to end the week on a brighter note, as he’s gearing up to release a new song, “Promises,” with Calvin Harris on Friday. 

Meanwhile, he’ll return to the concert stage Tuesday in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

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