The BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) Awards are the UK’s version of the Oscars, and Ariana DeBose opened up the show with a medley of “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves,” “We Are Family” and her original rap that shouted out all the female nominees.
During her performance at the BAFTA Awards Sunday (February 19), the crowd seemed to be enjoying it, and she received compliments from some of the nominees, but once the dust settled and she checked the super judgmental Twitter app, the comments were so harsh that she deleted her account.
“ET” reported that BAFTA producer Nick Bullen came to Ariana’s defense, stating that the backlash was “incredibly unfair.”
Nick also said in a statement to Variety that Ariana’s performance had people clapping and dancing, and the vibe was good.
Producer of “ET Canada” Graeme O’Neil pointed out that people on Twitter didn’t take too kindly to the “Angela Bassett did the thing” lyric in the rap.
Despite all the harsh tweets that Ariana received, there were some supportive tweets to combat the hate.
Scoop some supportive tweets below:
Watch the full clip of Ariana DeBose’s BAFTA performance below:
Ariane DeBose was named one of the most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2022.
She is an actress, dancer, and singer who has won an academy award, a British Academy Film Award, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s 2021 film adaptation of West Side Story, and she has been nominated for a Tony Award (Summer: The Donna Summer Musical).