After Deactivating Her Twitter Following The Viral Response To Her BAFTAs Rap, Ariana DeBose Addressed All The Commentary About It

    "Baz Luhrmann came and found me and he was like, 'No, I think you're great, that was fun. I had fun.' And I was like, 'Work!'"

    Ariana DeBose addressed her now-viral BAFTAs rap for the first time.

    Ariana rapping in the crowd

    If you, like my boyfriend up until five minutes ago, have blissfully been out of the loop, here's the gist: Ariana gave a musical medley performance at the British film awards where she performed an original rap shouting out the women nominated in a variety of categories, featuring such seminal lyrics as, "Angela Bassett did the thing."

    Sisters are doing it for themselves! The incredible @ArianaDeBose opens the 2023 #EEBAFTAs with an iconic performance! ✨

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    As for the reaction in the room...well:

    some people confused, some smiling

    As for the reaction online...well:

    Twitter: @theronfilm

    Ariana did deactivate her Twitter following you know, everything, but did reply, “Honestly I love this" at some Instagram memes about her performance.

    ariana on the red carpet

    When asked about her rap "celebrating women on stage" by the BBC in a recent interview, Ariana replied, "That's what I wanted to do. It's not like I was like, 'Hey BAFTA, let me in!' They actually called me, believe it or not. That was the assignment, like, 'Come celebrate women.' I was like, 'Absolutely!'


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    "We did that, and it was fun. Not gonna lie, I had a blast. So awesome, and then I spent the rest of the night cutting a rug with Emma Thompson. It was fabulous, I had a great time. Baz Luhrmann came and found me and he was like, 'No, I think you're great, that was fun. I had fun.' And I was like, 'Work!'"

    closeup of emma in the audience smiling

    "That's a win, you guys," she added, before nodding to the social media reaction to her rap. "Apparently gay Twitter seemed to like it? So that's good, I'll take it. I told you, my people."

    ariana rapping in the crowd

    Honestly, if there's not a rap at the Oscars celebrating Angela Bassett doing the thing, what's the point?