Temilade Openiyi, aka Tems, a Nigerian award-winning singer, has come under fire for her Oscars outfit.
Tems, who was nominated for a Grammy for her song “Lift Me Up” from Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, wore a puffy white gown that wrapped around the back of her head.
At Sunday night’s Academy Awards, her elaborate ensemble obscured the view of some attendees seated behind her.
Reacting on social media, some viewers criticized Tems for her view-blocking outfit while others said she stole the show.
Here are reactions Newsclick Nigeria gathered:
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
But someone can sit behind this, or is her skin color your problem pic.twitter.com/eg4iOOkHVU
— Good times 🌞🌞 (@Matata_oss) March 13, 2023
What would you do if you were the one behind tems? pic.twitter.com/fGcx9UyNBD
— DAMI FOREIGN🔮 (@Deevybs) March 13, 2023
People that made noise about Ciara's attire before the Oscars should apologise to her and take it up with Tems. That was inconsiderate and disrespectful
— Mayor Of Kwekwe (@bxllyville) March 14, 2023
TEMS for #Oscars 2023, wearing a stunning gown from Ukrainian-born, LA-based fashion designer Lessja Verlingieri of LEVER COUTURE.
I’m calling it early – she is the Best Dressed female celebrity on tonight’s champagne carpet. A Naija Queen! 🇳🇬🏆 pic.twitter.com/YNBQ5oj7se
— Tenille. (@tenilleclarke1) March 12, 2023
Tems outfit to the Oscars is view-blocking but why's no one talking about Lady Gaga's outfit? pic.twitter.com/H5j4VQCVfg
— French 🇫🇷 (@Mc_Phils) March 13, 2023
To think the guy is actually from Tems management Team lol😂
I Won’t lie Tems carried the Oscar tonight. Worldwide trend. #Oscar pic.twitter.com/zUf6EJWGWU
— ωєт🥶 (@_ElectricVibex) March 13, 2023
You’re seeing Tems and you still want to see someone else at the front, you think she was kidding when she said “you don’t need no other bodyyy” 🤣
— 𝐌𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐊 🌴 (@TheMahleek) March 13, 2023
Hate her or love her, throw her under the bus to gain likes and cos you don't know moments to be patriotic. Tems' name is written in the history books, as the first Nigerian Oscar Nominee, in Academy awards 93 years of history. Get behind her, be
Proud of her 🇳🇬 👑 ❤️ pic.twitter.com/VMVaFxl310
— Wizkidisthegreatest (@WizkidtheLegend) March 13, 2023
TEMS IS ART, LOOOK AT HER! pic.twitter.com/jj1xlelFU8
— khalia. | stream smoke sprite🪞 (@VERONASFILMS) March 13, 2023
Imagine say Tems wear this thing enter Viewing Center 😹😹😹😹😹 pic.twitter.com/Eu9Uq8ABQq
— Stevegold Laflame 🚀🌵🇧🇷 (@Oluwatobisteph6) March 14, 2023
Tems wearing Lever couture ss23 at the Oscars. pic.twitter.com/HzEO6SH4Qq
— sam (@pinkmochhi) March 12, 2023
The Problem The Solution 😂 pic.twitter.com/0x2t244Fre
— SBM Tweeter Star 🌟 (@SBM_Horla) March 13, 2023
Tems has given her reasons for wearing a view-obstructing dress to the 2023 Oscars.
Speaking with Harper’s Bazzar, Tems in a pre-Oscars interview gave behind-the-scenes details on the controversial gown.
According to the Grammys award winner, she decided to “go all out” and “make the most” of her first Oscars attendance.
“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!’”
Speaking on her recent groundbreaking achievements on the international music scene, the ‘Crazy Tings’ singer said this was just the beginning for her. Tems mentioned that her collaboration with musical giants like Beyonce and Rihanna were indications she was on the “right path”.
“If the biggest women in the world love my work to such an extent that they are working with me, then that must say something. My work is actually reaching places, it’s making some type of impact.
“And that is insane! I really am just trying to keep my feet on the ground and continue running and doing things that are a hundred per cent authentic to me. Evolving, learning, growing. It’s just the beginning for me,” she said.
With her collaboration with singer Rihanna; music producer, Ludwig Göransson; and Black Panther’s director, Ryan Coogler, for the movie’s soundtrack, ‘Lift Me Up’, Tems was nominated for Best Original Song at this year’s Oscars
The category was however won by Kaala Bhairava and Rahul Sipligunj for ‘Naatu Naatu’.