Afro-Latina Star, Ariana DeBose, Responds to An Ill-Tasted Joke Made at Her Expense During the Critics Choice Awards 

People Bullied Afro-Latina Triple Threat Ariana DeBose After Her BAFTA Performance and She Deactivated Her Twitter Account
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People need to start putting some respect on Ariana DeBose’s name. 

The Afro-Latina artist was yet part of an uncomfortable moment this past week. During the Critics Choice Awards this past Sunday night, DeBose found herself being weaved into a joke by one of the presenters – and it was as tasteless as you can imagine.  


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While presenting, “The Last of Us” actor Bella Ramsey took a playful jab, suggesting that DeBose, along with Ryan Gosling and Jack Black, fall into the category of “actors that think they are singers.” The remark elicited a less-than-enthusiastic reaction from DeBose. Her reaction was captured during the live broadcast. Evidently, she was not having it.  

The reason why she was ticked off is because she knows she is a singer. In fact, she’s a triple threat: She can sing, dance, and act. How many people can confidently say that they can do all those things with great finesse? Not many, that’s for sure. 

DeBose, who is known for out-of-this-world performances in her roles, has a lot of talent to offer the world. From being in Broadway musicals such as “Hamilton” to one of the most critically acclaimed musicals in modern history, “West Side Story,” she is a force to be reckoned with.  

Later that night, she took to Instagram to set the record straight for her 700,000-plus followers, writing in her Instagram Story, “No, I didn’t find it funny. Lol.” The Tony-nominated actress is not playing any games. 

Ramsey’s joke coincided with the announcement that Gosling’s “I’m Just Ken,” featured in the upcoming “Barbie” movie, secured the Critics Choice Award for “Best Original Song.” The dig, however, might have deeper roots. 

Ariana DeBose Is a Star – No Questions Asked

Some speculations connect the joke to DeBose’s memorable performance at the British Academy of Film and Television Art Awards (BAFTAs) in February last year. At the event, she delivered a freestyle rap that playfully highlighted the women nominees, causing a stir online. The performance garnered mixed reactions. There was also a lot of bullying, which is never okay. Notably, DeBose’s X account seemingly disappeared from the post-awards show. This may have been a consequence of the bullying she received online after her performance.  

Despite the pushback, Ariana DeBose stands as a trailblazer in the entertainment industry. Her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of the musical “West Side Story” earned her the distinction of being the first Afro-Latina actor nominated by the Academy Awards. Her amazing performance secured her an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress, making her the first openly queer woman of color to achieve this milestone. 

In a very 2007 Cara Cunningham fashion, we implore people to leave Ariana DeBose alone! 

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