Yesterday, Grammy winning singer Sam Smith made an announcement to the world concerning their preferred pronouns.
“Today is a good day so here goes. I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM ❤” they announced on social media.
Smith continued the announcement by writing:
after a lifetime of being at war with my gender I’ve decided to embrace myself for who I am, inside and out. I’m so excited and privileged to be surrounded by people that support me in this decision but I’ve been very nervous about announcing this because I care too much about what people think but fuck it! I understand there will be many mistakes and mis gendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now. Thank you.
Smith’s decision was met with positivity from many, though unfortunately it was quickly overshadowed by a thoughtless mistake by the Associated Press, who repeatedly used “he” and “his” throughout the story detailing their preferred pronouns.
Changes were made to the article to correct the mistakes, though no official statement or apology was published by the Associated Press. In fact, they omitted the pronouns entirely until the end of the article.
Though ultimately an embarrassing gaffe on the part of the Associated Press, this could have been a teaching moment for those still learning and understanding the concept of pronouns, and why it’s important to respect them. As Smith said, mistakes are bound to be made considering that they were going by other pronouns for the latter part of their career. But it would have been nice to issue a statement educating others, rather than carrying on, business as usual.