Every generation has its revelations.
For some among the most recent batch, profundity seems directly linked to single syllable words.
On Friday, music star Sam Smith released something brand new.
His latest project isn’t an album, video, or tour; it’s a request to be referred to by certain pronouns.
That would be, the gender-neutral kind.
He’s finally come to terms with it.
Sam described the new acceptance on Instagram:
“I’ve decided I am changing my pronouns to THEY/THEM 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 f*** it! I understand there will be many mistakes and misgendering but all I ask is you please please try. I hope you can see me like I see myself now.”
The “Stay with Me” singer said he can’t wait to find out what it’s like to be neither boy nor girl:
“P.S. I am at no stage just yet to eloquently speak at length about what it means to be non binary but I can’t wait for the day that I am.”
As for that radio hit — which Sam wrote — he’ll presumably have to change the first two lines:
Guess it’s true, I’m not good at a one-night stand
But I still need love ’cause I’m just a man.
It appears that, for some, a wholly new defining moment of life has entered the zeitgeist: When you’re ready, you make the announcement — are you an “h” subjective pronoun person or an “sh”? Or do you like “they” best of all?
Sam’s gone with option C, and he’s flyin’ high due to the newfound freedom:
“Love you all. I’m scared sh**less, but feeling super free right now. Be kind x”
He also included a list of “activists and leaders of the non binary/trans community” that have helped him find his way to clarity.
That last one appears to be the account of an individual serving as an exemplar on the web for the gender neutral and fat-shamed:
View this post on Instagram
posted these in my story, but also want them posted here for easy reading and easy sharing. I’m going to continue yelling about being fat until people start actually hearing it. anyone who wants to act like a “concerned” doctor can meet me behind the taco bell on grand & telegraph
It’s a new road ahead for Sam Smith. Is this just about pronouns, or something more? We’ll see how the change manifests itself in the future.
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