Joseph Patel, producer on the Oscar-winning documentary Soul summer, shared his displeasure over Chris Rock’s presentation at the recent Oscars. While Rock awarded the prize for best documentary, Rock introduced Patel and the producers in addition to Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson as a group of “four white guys”.
Patel took to social media to vent his frustration and said, “The reason I get SO VERY ANGRY is because I was so proud to be one of a handful of South Asians who have ever won an Oscar in history. I was ecstatic that I was the third South Asian to win that night – after Riz [Ahmed] and Aneil Karia won earlier in the night The long goodbye. Three South Asians win on the same night – it has never happened before! And it makes sense! That’s history! “
Patel also said that Rock was wrong when he grouped him with “four white guys” because he was only one of three producers besides Questlove (Robert Erlinghagen and David Dinerstein) who won for the film.
The producer was desperate to see the show again and said, “I did not have the stomach to watch it, and I probably never will. Thank you, Chris – your absolute fucking fucker.”
But Patel also touched on the infamous Chris Rock and Will Smith quarrel, saying, “I think what Will did was selfish.” He added, “It deprived the category of its moment. It deprived the other excellent and fantastic films of their moment to be noticed in what was a STRONG year for doctors. And it deprived Summer of Soul and our team of our moment. Of a loud , enthusiastic cheers for an acclaimed film. “
Patel, who did not let this incident rob him of his Oscar performance, said: “I never need a statue to tell me how nice I am – but it really helps. And what both Will AND Chris did really colored what should have “has been a beautiful moment. for us. In addition, it is obvious that I speak for myself and myself. Not Ahmir and not our co-producers.”
But his words received both praise and criticism and Patel decided to remove the thread. He said: “We reached the unproductive part of the viral Twitter thread so I’ve removed it. I said what I needed to say and I’m happy with that. Some of you are weird.”