Social media users are talking about Nigerian singer-songwriter, Tems‘ choice of outfit to the 2023 Oscars award ceremony.
The 95th edition of the Oscars Award ceremony took place on Sunday, March 12 at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, honoring films released in 2022.
Multi-talented singer, Tems whose real name is Temilade Openiyi was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s ceremony for her work on “Life Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, she however, did not emerge victorious at the end of the night.
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Tems, an Academy Award-nominee attended the ceremony in a lush white gown from Lever Couture with a particularly obstructive headpiece – taking up space in a much more literal sense.
“Hate to be the brother next to Tems in the Oscar audience. Fighting for his life,” Eric Hinton, a news editor for NBC News wrote on Twitter.
Hate to be the brother next to Tems in the Oscar audience. Fighting for his life. pic.twitter.com/CFG2v0eXAm
— Eric Hinton (@NBCericlhinton) March 13, 2023
Immediately after the tweet was published, Nigerian Twitter users quickly countered the statement, saying that “no Tems slander will be tolerated“.
It didn’t end there, more netizens felt sorry for those who were behind the Grammy award winner. “Imagine waiting your whole life to be at the Oscars and you end up sitting behind a stratus cloud,” another user wrote.
Imagine waiting your whole life to be at the Oscars and you end up sitting behind a stratus cloud. pic.twitter.com/HQ8lSYQBUV
— Jarrett Bellini (@JarrettBellini) March 13, 2023
The outfit has been a topic of discussion among netizens since Sunday night, some commentators claim it is symbol disclosing the strength of ‘Black women taking her place in a historically white space’, while others simply considered it to inconsiderate.
See more photos of the outfit below.
Below is a cross-section of comments from social media users.
LMFAO I know whoever behind Tems is heated. https://t.co/jmU2Kz6mN9
— ……. (@PrinceHAK33M) March 13, 2023
— Attah Akor (@attah_akor) March 13, 2023
tems got that lady fighting for her life pic.twitter.com/Js06VdbyyU
— alex medina (@mrmedina) March 13, 2023
*Tems who’s tall normally wears a long attire to Oscars*
The people at her back: pic.twitter.com/HGJm4ZcJhe
— Sidex (@itsmesidex) March 13, 2023
~ Tems this morning : pic.twitter.com/eLsaaAKReP
— Diji The Great. (@directordiji) March 13, 2023