‘I’m indignant. Angry at Will Smith. Angry at Chris Rock.’
IMAGE: Joseph Patel, Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, David Dinerstein and Robert Fyvolent, winners of Best Documentary Feature for Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) on the Oscars. Photograph: David Livingston/Getty Images
The ‘Slap’ and its repercussions proceed.
But Will Smith and Chris Rock aren’t the one ones who felt the warmth.
Summer Of Soul Producer Joseph Patel lashed out to the 2 Hollywood actors, even going so far as calling Rock a ‘f****** d***’.
It so occurred that the Best Documentary Feature was introduced proper after the slap, and Patel, together with Director Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein, needed to stroll as much as the stage to gather their award, even because the viewers sat shocked.
While that slap, Patel felt, had robbed them of their second, it was not all.
Patel recounted the incident in his Twitter publish: ‘Once we realized the Chris Rock/Will Smith interplay wasn’t a bit, the whole lot obtained turned the other way up. Everyone was nonetheless attempting to make sense of it when Chris persevered and began to learn the nominees.
‘I believe what Will did was egocentric. It robbed the class of its second. It robbed the opposite glorious and wonderful movies of their second to be acknowledged in what was a STRONG 12 months for docs. And it robbed Summer of Soul and our workforce of our second. Of a loud, enthusiastic cheer for a celebrated movie.
‘We have been in shock strolling to the stage — not due to successful however as a result of we, too, have been nonetheless attempting to make sense of what occurred. Then Will hugs Ahmir and daps me up. I did not even understand it was occurring within the second. Still in shock.’
But Patel provides that in that second, he did not hear what Rock truly mentioned.
‘What I did not hear in that second strolling to stage however was advised of afterwards is what Chris Rock mentioned when studying our title from the winner’s card — the winner is Summer of Soul … Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and … 4 white guys.’ WHAT IN THE ACTUAL F***?????’ he tweeted.
‘The motive that makes me SO SO VERY ANGRY is as a result of I was so proud to be one in every of a handful of South Asians to have ever received an Oscar within the historical past of the award. I was ecstatic that I was the third South Asian to win that evening — after [Riz Ahmed] and Aneil Karia received earlier within the evening for The Long Goodbye. Three South Asians successful on the identical evening — that’s by no means occurred earlier than! And it’s significant! It’s historical past!’
‘AND HERE’S THE THING. … It wasn’t that Chris Rock was underneath stress. He made the identical joke the evening earlier than onstage on the Roots Jam!
‘So I’m indignant. Angry at Will Smith. Angry at Chris Rock. Angry for me. Angry for Ahmir. Angry for my fellow filmmakers. I obtained again house to New York final evening and noticed the ceremony on my DVR and did not have the abdomen to observe it. I in all probability by no means will. Thank you, Chris — you absolute f****** d***’.
Patel has since deleted his tweets, saying, ‘We reached the unproductive portion of the viral Twitter thread so I’ve deleted it. I mentioned what I wanted to say and really feel at peace with it. Some of y’all are weirdos.’