As Jackson’s “Human Nature” played in the background, Smith remarked, “I don’t like Michael Jackson, but this is a good song.”
Another Instagram video from the trip showed Lambert, Smith, and friends singing along to Beyoncé. Lambert captioned it, “Boat Trip back from Catalina.”
Twitter was not pleased with Smith’s declaration — even though he expressed a soft spot for “Human Nature.”
Singer and actress Stephanie Mills — who said that she and Jackson dated, according to BET — weighed in on Instagram. “Don’t come for MICHAEL JACKSON when you wish you have sold as many records and you wish you were the King of Pop like he was,” Mills wrote.
She continued, “I’m so tired of you people studying our music, and studying our artist and claiming that you don’t like our music. Go sit your 1 HIT WONDER a— down and learn how to finish a tour. When you can sell as many records as the king of Pop, Michael Jackson then maybe you can say something. So I say to you Mr. Smith have several seats and come for me if you want to.”
Other Twitter users were not fazed by the news.
Neither the crooner nor Lambert has yet to comment on the video online, though Smith did post about enjoying his time on the West Coast.
“Had the most beautiful few weeks with family and friends in California. Basically been listening to music non stop & laughing and eating 🥑 ,” he wrote. “Second leg of tour starts on Tuesday in Saint Paul. Can’t wait to see you all xxxx”