Posted on 22 February 2014.
By D. David Kinney
Its been four years since we first learned about Adam Smith, a former Sigma Nu Fraternity member who graduated from Emory University in 2010. But we didn’t learn about Smith because of his academic pursuits. Instead we learned from the Emory Wheel that Smith reportedly stayed in Atlanta after graduation where he became abusive and violent toward a younger gay student. Now Queerty is reporting that “America’s Next Top Model” has selected Adam Smith to be part of their Cycle 21 cast.
In 2010 the Emory Wheel quoted the bullied gay student:
“At first, when I walked into the party, some people were taking pictures of me and appreciating, if you will, what I was wearing,” he said. About half an hour later, however, another attendee — confirmed by multiple witnesses as recent alum Adam Smith (’10C) — took the student’s wizard hat and began questioning him. “This guy approached me and asked why I was wearing my hat. … I said that I like the hat, just as you like your pink shirt. He then asked me if I was gay, and I said I was. He then started choking me with his elbow and put me into a head lock, and he dragged me out of the party by my neck.” After the student was allegedly dragged the approximately 10 to 15 feet from the house’s common area to the door and thrown onto the front lawn, Smith was overheard telling other attendees “Hey, this kid’s a f****t.”
Adam Smith didn’t back down. He submitted a statement in response to articles in the Emory Wheel and on Queerty arguing that he isn’t a “homophobe”:
“I do not know the individual that I kicked out of the party. If I knew his name I would have already sent him a sincere and personal apology for the incident that occurred.
I am in NO WAY at all a homophobic person. I have many friends at Emory who will vouch for me as a friendly guy and a genuinely great person.
This article paints me in an unfairly negative way. It was originally written and published without my input at all, using accounts by the Wizard and his friend(s) only. I was told earlier tonight that an article had just been posted about me online. I shockingly read it in its entirety, including that “Smith was attempted to be reached for comment but did not respond.” For the record, I received zero emails, calls/texts, Facebook messages…I am sure if anyone on the Emory Wheel staff put in any sort of honest effort to contact me they easily could have. I tracked down the editor of the Wheel’s cell phone number and called him at 2am this morning, asking how this could have happened. He talked with me briefly, wrote down a few comments, and then informed me that the hard copy of the Wheel had already been printed but agreed to add in what I had to say in the online version.
If Emory wants to bring the issue to light that the student body and/or Greek system is unfriendly toward the LGBT community, and that “instances of violence [against LGBT] have been less visible on Emory’s campus”, I think this is a cheap, irresponsible, and unfair way to go about doing it. To take this hazy, isolated incident, blow it out of proportion, and turn me into a scapegoat and slander my name is ridiculous. I think it is unprofessional reporting and would hope for some sort of apology from the Emory Wheel.
Further there was not any “approving reaction” from the crowd at the party for me putting this kid in a headlock and throwing him out, nor was I walking around bragging to other people that I just kicked “this faggot kid” out of the party, high five bro…Really?? This whole dumb event occurred because I was drunk and thought it would be funny to throw someone out to the wrath of the huge security guard at the door, and the most ridiculous person that naturally stood out to me was this Wizard dressed kid. I purposely egged him on a little bit, he snapped back at me, and I threw him out.
So chalk this up as me being a drunk asshole, a frat guy with too much testosterone, or whatever you want to call me I really don’t care. I just want everyone to know that that’s literally all it was, that’s the honest truth. I’m not some ignorant bigot looking to bash homosexuals, so please don’t think that. I hope the Wheel in the future will find better content to publish, rather than turning something small like this into an inflated and untruthful story in order to spark artificial controversy at the cost of an individual like me.”
Did Smith seriously think being drunk is an excuse for being violent toward another person? The actions that Smith chose to take against the gay Emory student are inexcusable. Despite Smith writing that he wanted to apologize to the abused student FENUXE has been unable to find any reporting that confirms an apology was made. We sincerely hope that Adam Smith eventually realized that his actions were wrong (and potentially criminal) and that he made an honest apology.
This was one guy acting like a huge jerk. It is true that Adam Smith was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity; however, it would be unfair to broadly paint all Sigma Nu’s as being anti-gay or homophobic. I was a member of Sigma Nu Fraternity in college and I’m an openly gay man. Additionally, there are numerous out and proud Sigma Nu brothers and alumni throughout the country. Even with all of that said… homophobia and gay bashing remains a serious problem on college campuses and especially in fraternities. It is time that this issue be seriously addressed in our nation’s schools and colleges. Bullying doesn’t magically stop after high school.
This all happened four years ago. Let’s hope and pray that Adam Smith has learned the error of his ways and has changed for the better. Either way… I’m not rooting for him.