1705335739 Ariana DeBose is upset about a joke made at her

Ariana DeBose is upset about a joke made at her expense at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards: “Didn't think it was funny”


Published January 15, 2024, 10:10 am ET

Ariana DeBose at the Critics Choice Awards.Ariana DeBose wasn't happy with a joke made at her expense at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards. The CW

She didn't do that.

Ariana DeBose wasn't impressed when she was called an “actress who thinks she's a singer” at the 2024 Critics Choice Awards.

As she presented the show's best song award on Sunday, “Last of Us” star Bella Ramsey listed the “famous voices” in the category, including Billie Eilish, Lenny Kravitz and Dua Lipa, before joking, “And there are the actors who also think they are singers: Jack Black, Ariana DeBose, Ryan Gosling.”

The camera panned to the Tony-nominated actress, 32, who appeared shocked by the joke before cutting to a laughing Ryan Gosling – whose song “I'm Just Ken” from “Barbie” ultimately won the award.

“No, I didn’t find it funny. Lol,” DeBose, who was nominated for “This Wish” from the Disney animated film of the same name, wrote in an Instagram Story after the awards ceremony.

Bella Ramsey joked that DeBose was part of a group of “actors who also think they're singers.” Getty Images for Critics Choice Association The camera panned to a visibly upset DeBose. The CW

The viral clip sparked immediate backlash from DeBose fans, criticizing the show's writers for their disrespect towards the Broadway star.

“Ariana DeBose, Oscar winner, Tony nominee, original cast member of Hamilton on BROADWAY…. “THINKS she’s a singer”?!? Who wrote this part?! I want names #CriticsChoiceAwards,” one fan ranted, while another added: “Give some respect to the name Ariana DeBose!”

“The disrespect towards Oscar winner, Tony nominee and Broadway star Ariana DeBose is WILD. The look on her face really said it all,” one person wrote.

The Oscar-winning actress later confirmed on social media that she didn't like the joke. arianadebose/Instagram fans immediately criticized the show's writers for their disrespect towards the Broadway actress. Portal

“Imagine the audacity of saying: THE Oscar winner, Broadway-trained Ariana Debose, is not a SINGER. END THEM MOTHER,” said another, as fans continually named her greatest singing roles, including “Hamilton” and “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.”

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DeBose won an Oscar in 2022 for her role as Anita in Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story” and was nominated for a Tony in 2018 for the role of Donna Summer.

The actress was also recently back in the headlines after comedian Jo Koy's crude opening monologue at the 2024 Golden Globes failed earlier this month.

She won an Oscar for playing Anita in West Side Story and was nominated for a Tony for playing Donna Summer on Broadway. Niko Tavernise DeBose went viral during awards season last year with a now-famous rap about female nominations at the BAFTAs. Getty Images for BAFTA

“We were so wrong. Come back, queen. Your people need you,” journalist David Mack wrote on X with a photo of DeBose’s infamous opening monologue song at the 2023 BAFTAs.

The singer went viral last year for rapping about the female nominees, including the now-famous line: “Angela Bassett did it, Viola Davis is my Woman King / Blanchett, Cate you're a genius, and Jamie Lee you are.” it “all of us!”

Jamie Lee Curtis, who received praise in the opening number, later criticized critics: “These people should shut up, shut up and just let this woman shine her light because she's amazing.”

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