Ariana DeBose performed a tribute to all the women being honored at this year’s BAFTA Awards, further cementing her status as a gay icon. While many of us appreciated the instantly iconic camp moment, the nasty denizens of Twitter prompted DeBose to sign off for good.
In case you missed it, here is the performance in question. The already immortal line is “Angela Bassett did the thing!”
Prodicer Nick Bullen told Variety:
We wanted to open the show with some energy, some fun, and also lay out straight away that this was hopefully going to feel like a different night, but with a familiarity as well, and what Ariana did was exactly that.
I think a lot of people don’t like change, and there’s a view that the BAFTAs have to be this slightly stiff, traditional British, middle-England messaging. But American awards shows have much more razzmatazz, much more showbiz, and perhaps a broader range of people being involved. We felt we’re not about revolution, we’re about evolution.
Over on Instagram, DeBose was getting the love she deserved, saying “Honestly I love this” to one meme:
Be sure to follow DeBose on Instagram, where she is still loved and appreciated by our community!
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