An Oscar-winning producer has slammed Will Smith and Chris Rock for robbing his movie, and documentary class as an entire, of its moment to shine final Sunday evening at the Academy Awards.
‘I believe what Will did was egocentric,’ Summer of Soul producer Joseph Patel wrote Wednesday in a since-deleted Twitter thread, claiming Smith slapping Rock ‘robbed the class of its moment.’
‘It robbed the different glorious and wonderful movies of their moment to be acknowledged in what was a STRONG year for docs,’ Patel claimed. ‘And it robbed Summer of Soul and our workforce of our moment. Of a loud, enthusiastic cheer for a celebrated movie.’
Patel additionally accused Rock of being an ‘absolute f*****g d**okay’ for allegedly making a racially insensitive comment when he introduced Summer of Soul had gained the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.
When Rock introduced the award, he reportedly stated the winner was ‘Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and 4 white guys,’ ignoring Patel’s south Asian heritage.
‘I’m indignant,’ Patel wrote. ‘Angry at Will Smith. Angry at Chris Rock. Angry for me. Angry for Ahmir. Angry for my fellow filmmakers.’
Summer of Soul producer Joseph Patel (left) has slammed Will Smith and Chris Rock for robbing his movie of its moment to shine final Sunday evening at the Academy Awards. Patel is pictured with fellow Summer of Soul contributors (L-R) Ahmir Thompson, David Dinerstein and Robert Fyvolent
Patel claimed he did not initially hear Rock’s comment as he was ‘nonetheless making an attempt to make sense’ of the on-stage assault, however was knowledgeable of it after he obtained his Oscar.
‘What I did not hear in that moment strolling to stage however was advised of afterwards is what Chris Rock stated 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**Ok?????’ he tweeted.
‘The purpose that makes me SO SO VERY ANGRY is as a result of I used to be so proud to be one of a handful of South Asians to have ever gained an Oscar in the historical past of the award.’
‘So with my household and associates watching, Chris Rock lumped me in as 1 of ‘4 white guys. (Nevermind the disrespect to @d2films and @fyvo for not even saying their names, and the inaccuracy of us being 3 producers not 4),’ Patel added, referencing the two different South Asian males who gained Oscars final Sunday.
In a since-deleted Twitter thread, Patel stated the pair ‘robbed Summer of Soul’ of its moment and additionally accused Rock of being an ‘absolute f*****g d**okay’ for reportedly saying the winner of the documentary class was ‘Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and 4 white guys’
Patel stated he determined to delete his tweet thread as a result of it had develop into ‘unproductive’
The producer claims he recorded the ceremony on his DVR, however when he received dwelling to New York, he ‘did not have the abdomen to look at it.’
‘I in all probability by no means will,’ Patel added. ‘Thank you, Chris – You absolute f*****g d**okay.’
Despite his frustrations, Patel did applaud Thompson for dealing with the seemingly uncomfortable encounter with ‘grace and giving a speech from the coronary heart.’
He additionally detailed that he made the resolution to delete his tweet thread after it went viral as a result of it had develop into ‘unproductive.’
‘We reached the unproductive portion of the viral Twitter thread so I’ve deleted it,’ Patel wrote. ‘I stated what I wanted to say and really feel at peace with it.’
He added: ‘Some of y’all are weirdos.’
Despite his frustrations, Patel did applaud Thompson for dealing with the seemingly uncomfortable encounter with ‘grace and giving a speech from the coronary heart’. The Summer of Soul workforce is seen accepting its Oscar for greatest documentary function
While neither Rock nor Smith have publicly acknowledged Patel’s rant, the King Richard actor did situation an apology to all winners of the 94th Academy Awards when he introduced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Friday. Smith is pictured slapping Rock throughout final Sunday’s Oscars
While neither Rock nor Smith have publicly acknowledged Patel’s rant, the King Richard actor did situation an apology to all winners of the 94th Academy Awards when he introduced his resignation from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences on Friday evening.
Smith, in a press release first obtained by Variety on Friday, referred to as his actions throughout the ceremony ‘stunning, painful and inexcusable,’ including that he would settle for any extra penalties issued by the Academy’s Board of Governors.
‘The checklist of these I’ve harm is lengthy and contains Chris, his household, many of my expensive associates and family members, all these in attendance, and world audiences at dwelling,’ Smith said.
‘I betrayed the belief of the Academy. I disadvantaged different nominees and winners of their alternative to rejoice and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I’m heartbroken.’
Smith was offered along with his first Academy Award after the onstage assault
The actor additionally acknowledged that slapping Rock throughout the ceremony prompted different award winners to be overshadowed.
‘I wish to put the focus again on those that deserve consideration for their achievements and permit the Academy to get again to the unimaginable work it does to assist creativity and artistry in movie,’ Smith stated.
He additionally shared how ‘change takes time’ and he’s now ‘dedicated to doing the work to make sure that I by no means once more enable violence to overhaul purpose.’
Smith’s resignation got here two days after the Academy met to provoke disciplinary proceedings towards him for violations of the group’s requirements of conduct.
The Academy introduced Friday it has accepted Smith’s ‘instant resignation’ and can ‘proceed to maneuver ahead’ with its disciplinary hearings.