On Sunday night at the 95th Academy Awards, there was one attendees outfit that caught the attention of everyone.
However, it might have done so of the wrong reasons…
Nigerian singer Tems, whose real name is Temilade Openiyi, received a LOT of backlash for her outfit at the awards show, with people branding it as ”selfish” and an ”entitled” thing to wear.
What could someone wear to stir up such a reaction you ask? Well, the 27 year-old songstress was dressed in a puffy white lace gown that hooded around the back of her head, and although jaw dropping, it was very impractical.
The gown extended all the way into a pretty large headpiece that Tems chose to keep on when inside, making it very difficult for everyone sat around her to clearly see the stage.
People on Twitter were quick to bring attention to this behaviour, and turned to Twitter to call her out. (Not to mention it was pretty impossible to miss in the audience).
One tweet of the musician sitting in the crowd, quickly went viral, paired with the caption “Imagine waiting your whole life to be at the Oscars and you end up sitting behind a stratus cloud.”
Another person shared, “I honestly thought they just wear clothes like this for the red carpet and take parts of it off for the main show. This is inconsiderate.”
And now, the singer has broken her silence on the controversial dress.
Taking to Instagram, she addressed the backlash as she posted photos of herself posing in the incredible, lavish gown, with he simple caption “Uh Ohh!”
She also shared photos of herself in the dress on Twitter, with the caption ”Oops.”
It seems like Tems is aware of her dress’ presence, and ahead of the Oscars, she admitted to Harper’s Bazaar that she knew it was a statement piece, but wanted to ‘go all out’ for her first Oscars ceremony.
“Two years ago, I would’ve said no to this dress,” she said.
“But it’s my first Oscars – I am going to go all out. I really wanted to make the most of the day.
“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!”