Angela Bassett Says She DMed Ariana DeBose After Her BAFTAs Rap Went Viral

When addressing the matter, the 'Black Panther: Wakanda Forever' actress reveals that she texted the 'Wide Side Story' star to 'make sure she was okay' amid the mockery over her rap performance.

AceShowbiz - Angela Bassett proved that she has nothing but love for Ariana DeBose. Although the Internet ridiculed the latter for name-dropping her during the viral BAFTAs rap, the "Black Panther" said she DMed the "West Side Story" star instead to check on her.

"I DM'd her last night. I did. It was beautiful," Angela told Variety on the red carpet at the NAACP Image Awards on Saturday evening, February 25. "I just wanted to make sure she was okay because, you know, it's a lot of attention. And she is A-Okay."

Ariana has become a meme following her name-dropping rap at this year's BAFTAs. She covered the Eurythmics' "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves" and Sister Sledge's "We Are Family" but eventually inserted her own rap in which she name-dropped the British award show's female nominees, including Ho-Yeon Jung, Dolly De Leon, Kerry Condon, Carey Mulligan, Emma Thompson, Ana De Armas, Danielle Deadwyler, Michelle Yeoh, Angela Bassett, Viola Davis, Cate Blanchett and Jamie Lee Curtis.

"All the ladies in the room/ supporting and leading all here, I presume/ Ho-Yeon Jung, Dolly De/ Kerry and Carey with a C/ Dame Emma, I'm so fond/ Ana, girl, you're great in 'Blonde'/ Danielle D, you broke my heart/ Michelle, I've loved you from the start," Ariana rapped. "Angela Bassett did the thing/ Viola Davis my 'Woman King'/ Blanchett Cate, you're a genius/ Jamie Lee you are all of us."

The maligned performance has since sparked online controversy, prompting Ariana to deactivate her Twitter account. She, however, left her Instagram up and running in which she declared, "Honestly I love this."

Ariana has also addressed her viral BAFTA Awards rap in an interview with BBC Radio 2's "The Zoe Ball Breakfast Show". She insisted that it was "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." the 32-year-old continued explaining. "That was the assignment, like, 'Come celebrate women.' I was like, 'Absolutely!' And we did that, and it was fun."

"Not gonna lie. I had a blast," she added. "So awesome. And then I spent the rest of the night...cutting a rug with Emma Thompson. Like, 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!' "

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