Nigerian singer and songwriter, TEMS is facing backlash for her elaborate outfit that caused a stir at the 95th Oscars in Hollywood.
TEMS who was nominated for Best Original Song along with Rihanna for her writing credit for “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever wore a structured white gown from Ukranian designer, Lever Couture.
The gown which received raving reviews from critics on the red carpet did not sit with netizens who spotted the star blocking the view of several guests at the ceremony.
“Imagine waiting your whole life to be at the Oscars and you end up sitting behind a stratus cloud,” one user tweeted.
A user posted a video from the ceremony and captioned “I’m cryinnnnnnn tems got that lady fighting for her life”
tems got that lady fighting for her life pic.twitter.com/Js06VdbyyU
— alex medina (@mrmedina) March 13, 2023
Another reacted “It should have been removable for the show.. looked beautiful on the red carpet tho.”
“Omg that woman is ridiculous!! Did you not think about where you were going???,” another tweeted angrily
Tems' outfit to the 2023 Oscars is good but inappropriate due to the intricate headpiece; She should've swapped seats with someone at the back. Hopefully she learns from this. She also needs to start promoting Nigerian fashion by wearing native wears to big events (occasionally).
— Daniel Regha (@DanielRegha) March 13, 2023
Others also jumped to her defense, calling the moment unplanned and unitentional.
“Tems didn’t wake up thinking ‘yeah, let me go obstruct their view’ Girl was most likely excited to be at her first Oscars, picked out a perfect outfit and gave nothing else a second thought. She does not deserve this scrutiny, both home and abroad,” a user posted.