Señorita singer, Shawn Mendes, apologized to Sam Smith on Friday after accidentally misgendering him during his introduction of the “Too Good at Goodbyes” singer, reports said.
Last year, Smith shared to his social media followers that he is non-binary, and his pronouns are they and them.
According to Elite Daily, on Thursday, during iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball, Mendes introduced Smith as he rather than they/them.
The next day, Mendes realized his mistake and decided to post an apology through his Instagram stories.
“Oh @samsmith I’m sorry for refering[sic] to you as a “he” for your jingle ball introduction,” the 22-year old wrote.
Mendes explained, it “absolutely” slipped his mind and promised it would not happen again.
The “Treat You Better” singer also told Smith, he is one of the funniest people he has ever met.
Smith since then has accepted the younger singer’s apology and replied through his own Instagram stories.
He said, “we’re all learning together.”
Opinion: Forgive People Who Misgenders, and Accept That We’re All Still Learning
The internet, specifically, the cancel culture part of it, has been quite harsh to people who made mistakes in different types of things. And one of them is misgendering people.
Don’t get me wrong, I support people who want to be identified the way they want. However, I also think it is normal for people to make mistakes when it comes to this stuff.
That is why Smith’s reply to Mendes is crucial in letting people understand that we are all learning together.
Accidentally misgendering people is not wrong.
Basically, it’s difficult to keep track of everyone. However, what the LGBTQ community and its allies can do is to forgive people who make mistakes. Yes, representation is important, but educating people about it is too. When people cancel someone just because of accidentally misgendering, it already stops the learning. Also, most of the time, the canceled person tends to be more defensive in learning those ideas.