Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems appears to have alluded to criticisms over her Academy Awards ceremony outfit which, people say, blocked the view of some attendees.
In an Instagram post on March 14, Tems shared photos of her in the Lever Couture dress in question, with the caption, "Uh Ohh!" Comments in the post have been limited.
During the Oscars ceremony held on March 13 (Manila time), she wore a white dress with fabric strips that curved up through her body and around her head.
Screenshots of the telecast circulated online, showing how she's sitting comfortably while those behind her cannot be seen.
Several Twitter users took her to task for being supposedly "rude" and "inconsiderate," while some poked fun at her "stratus cloud."
"She was all about herself. Look at me! Look at me!" one user said.
"Yen yen yen next time get a front row seat," another user said.
Others were more understanding.
"She just wanted to slay one of the moments of her life," one user said. "However, personally I just think the people behind her were quite uncomfortable."
Another user, meanwhile, called out the seeming racial prejudice. The user posted a photo of Lady Gaga wearing a headpiece which also supposedly blocked attendees, yet didn't get criticized for it.
Imagine Gaga did the same thing and you didn’t care because…well we all know why. 🤡 pic.twitter.com/5l5JQYgOGT— GhostWridah (@GhostWridah) March 13, 2023
Prior to the event, Tems told Harper's Bazaar that she wanted to "go all out" given that it would be her first time to attend the Oscars.
“Two years ago, I would’ve said no to this dress,” she said.
“The dress is also my way of celebrating my work and the people around me, celebrating my country, and celebrating the people that are rooting for me. This dress says ‘Yes, yes, I am here!’”
Tems, born Temilade Openiyi, co-wrote with Rihanna and Ryan Coogler Black Panther: Wakanda Forever's lead single Lift Me Up, which was nominated as best original song. The award went to Naatu Naatu from action drama RRR.