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Neil Milan slams Sam Smith for ‘talking cr*p’ and having a ‘flaccid’ song

By Ben Kelly

Clean Bandit star Neil Milan was one of many who took to Twitter yesterday (Feb 28) to criticise Sam Smith for his comments at the Oscars – and he took a pop at Sam’s award winning Bond theme too.

Writing after the 88th Academy Award ceremony, the violinist tweeted that Sam was “talking crap again”, arguing that Dustin Lance Black’s film Milk is “beautiful”, whereas Sam’s song ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ is “just a flaccid copy of [Michael Jackson’s] ‘Earth Song’.”

He went on to quote an earlier comment from Sam, where the singer said people shouldn’t make their sexuality an issue, calling it “horribly disappointing”.


Milan’s comments came amidst a torrent of criticism aimed at Sam on social media after he mistakenly claimed to be the first gay man to win an Oscar while accepting the ‘Best Original Song’ award for his aforementioned Bond theme.

The song itself garnered mixed opinions upon its release, but nevertheless became the first Bond theme to reach number one in the UK singles chart.

However, he did later issue something of a retraction, saying he was unimpressed with himself for airing his views on Sam’s song, as he isn’t into “petty public meanness”.

Neil has become an outspoken figure in the LGBT community since his band Clean Bandit had a number one with ‘Rather Be’ in 2014, and just last month took The Sun‘s head showbiz reporter Dan Wooton to task over how he handled the coming out of Union J star George Shelley.

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