Sam Smith just revealed their new musical collaboration with Demi Lovato but that’s not why they are in the spotlight. The singer posted varying ‘stages of a quarantine meltdown’ last month while in self-isolation in a $13 million mansion. This caused people to criticize the singer for crying while WWII hero 99-year-old Captain Tom raised over $15.1 million for the NHS in his own backyard.
People Compared Sam Smith To Captain Tom On Twitter
We get it, everyone is going a little bit stir crazy being stuck at home as COVID-19 continues to spread across the world. WWII veteran Captain Tom trained as a civil engineer before being enlisted in the British army. He served his country well and has taken on a new role to provide funds to the National Health Service. That’s certainly one way to get up and do something while being stuck at home.
Some people were not sympathetic towards Smith who posted about their quarantine meltdown after a story like Captain Tom. The singer, who prefers the gender pronouns they/them is staying at their five-bedroom mansion in London. Perhaps people feel like Smith could be doing more with COVID-19 relief efforts much like Captain Tom.
Captain Tom can hardly walk, so his efforts to walk around his yard 100 times and raise money for NHS were extraordinary. One Twitter user called him “inspirational,” but proceeded to call Smith “pathetic.”
Ironically, Smith retweeted a video of Captain Tom taking laps around his yard and called it “SO AMAZING.” The comments on that post also continued to criticize the singer for lamenting on their self isolation at home.
Smith’s Fans Came To Their Defense After Harsh Comments
Not all of the attention Smith’s quarantine meltdown received was negative. One Twitter user spoke about how people can praise Captain Tom without putting Smith down. He also referenced that Smith is dealing with mental health issues and might be processing his quarantine differently than others.
Fans saw it as Smith sharing his mental health struggles and being vulnerable. One Twitter user felt it was an insult to both Captain Tom and Smith to compare them.
The singer has opened up about their struggles with mental health in the past. They went through a year and a half of therapy to find themself and realized that they are enough. Smith said they were going through a really difficult time but was beginning to feel a “space of joy, gratitude and peace.”
Perhaps Smith’s contribution to relief efforts is releasing some iconic music with Lovato that will take our minds off of this virus and the stress it has caused.
We can praise people without tearing each other down. Captain Tom absolutely deserves praise for his accomplishments, especially at his age. The money he raised will go towards charities that will help the UK healthcare system during COVID-19 and workers on the front lines.