Twitter Reacts To Tems’ Eye-Catching Oscars 2023 Outfit
Tems showed out at the 95th installment of the Academy Awards, though there were some mixed reactions to her outfit choice.
For the event, the “Free Mind” singer—who was nominated in the “Best Original Song” category—opted to don a stunning white gown, which was designed by Lever Couture. This dress notably also featured a headpiece that added to the mystique of the look, and it was certainly a whole moment on the red carpet.
However, Tems’ awe-inspiring design choice wasn’t without controversy, as some Twitter users were not fans of how the dress obstructed others audience members’ view of the award show.
Twitter Is Divided On Tems' Outfit
It all began after images began circulating that showed how, due to Tems’ decision to continue wearing the outfit while sitting in the audience, the people behind her were stuck in a less-than-ideal situation.
I’m seated right here. Good news is, I’m at the Oscars. Bad news is I can’t see a thing. pic.twitter.com/AteBlAIIuN
— devon sawa (@DevonESawa) March 13, 2023
Interviewer: “what’s your highlight of tonight’s oscar awards”
The man behind Tems: “I couldn’t see anything, Tems stole the show” pic.twitter.com/79EdZBNmMG
— 𝐌𝐀𝐋𝐈𝐊 🌴 (@TheMahleek) March 13, 2023
I feel bad for eveyone sitting behind Tems 😭 pic.twitter.com/GQi5VxO91S
— Ex Vaulter Employee (@kingbealestreet) March 13, 2023
One particularly popular tweet picked up steam after the user compared the gown to “a stratus cloud.”
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
Additionally, a humorous clip showed how Tems had a woman sitting behind her “fighting for her life.”
tems got that lady fighting for her life pic.twitter.com/Js06VdbyyU
— alex medina (@mrmedina) March 13, 2023
Some were a bit more upset, though, as they took to social media to call her decision to wear the obstructive dress “inconsiderate” and “disrespectful.”
Sorry but this is so inconsiderate. 😩 #Oscars https://t.co/l4J4sndYUr pic.twitter.com/NJjRxxFKoN
— Chadwick (@ohchadwick) March 13, 2023
This is so disrespectful to the people sitting behind her. #TEMS #Oscars #Oscars2023 pic.twitter.com/rCtcf2asxE
— missiongirl (@missiongirl4) March 13, 2023
However, others proceeded to rush to Tems’ defense, with one user proclaiming that she “support[s] BLACK women’s wrongs” and believes that “Tems did not mean to block anybody.”
Please, I support women's rights but most especially I support BLACK women's wrongs too. You Nigerians are even very stupid. You know Tems did not mean to block anybody and I'm sure she'll apologise but you'll follow colonisers to insult her. Can't stand you.
— Chi 💕 (@ch_deerah) March 13, 2023
how about you just compliment her? https://t.co/hgaz4D8KKU
— 🥀 (@kaifetus) March 13, 2023
Of course, some also took the opportunity to joke about and spoof the look.
— Attah Akor (@attah_akor) March 13, 2023
Big Tems For Real! 😌#oscars pic.twitter.com/7nSUAp4DOZ
— Jay On-air (@jay_onair) March 13, 2023
Some point of view (POV) memes were also employed to get Twitter users to empathize with the people sitting behind Tems.
POV you’re sitting behind Tems watching the Oscars pic.twitter.com/LriRr8oh5d
— spena (@speeeena) March 13, 2023
what people sitting behind tems are seeing 😭 #Oscars #Oscars2023 pic.twitter.com/yBgi9ZQQxA
— lasulja (@lasulja) March 13, 2023
Tastily, the outfit was even compared to top-tier meringue.
When the meringue is perfectly whipped! pic.twitter.com/KnIgpQUiqc
— Cool Girl (@Tea_witdre) March 13, 2023
As a result of all the chatter—positive, negative, and/or humorous—it was noted that “Tems is the topic,” which is “all that matters” at the end of the day.
Tems is the topic. I don’t care if it’s in a positive or negative light. She’s the topic and that’s all that matters. Sorry to everyone else. pic.twitter.com/8bK5sXR314
— ULOMA (@ulxma) March 13, 2023
What do you think about Tems’ outfit for the 2023 Oscars, and would you have been heated if you were sitting behind her?