Will Smith & Chris Rock ‘Robbed’ Oscar Second – Billboard


One of many producers behind Summer season of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution May Not Be Televised), awarded the most effective documentary characteristic Oscar instantly within the aftermath of Will Smith’s onstage assault on Chris Rock, took to social media Wednesday not solely to criticize Smith for his actions, but additionally Rock for a joke he made concerning the group after they gained.

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Summer season of Soul‘s director Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson and producers Joseph Patel, Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein had the unenviable job of strolling to the stage to gather an award with your entire Dolby Theatre nonetheless reeling in shock from when Smith rushed the stage and assaulted Rock moments earlier.

On Wednesday night, Patel took to Twitter to present his aspect of what occurred within the instant aftermath of the slap after which his group amassing their Oscars, explaining that he was “offended” not solely with Smith for having “robbed” your entire class of its second, but additionally with Rock for a flippant joke that described the producers incorrectly as “4 white guys,” which he says erased his achievement.

Patel, who wrote that he was talking “for me and me alone. Not Ahmir and never our co-producers,” started his Twitter thread detailing that he had been “drunk with pleasure” the previous few days, celebrating their Oscar win and he took pains to thank everybody for his or her assist and congratulations. He added that he was “nonetheless kind of processing” the incident between Smith and Rock.

“As soon as we realized the Chris Rock/Will Smith interplay wasn’t a bit, all the pieces obtained turned the other way up. Everybody was nonetheless making an attempt to make sense of it when Chris persevered and began to learn the nominees,” Patel wrote.

“I feel what Will did was egocentric. It robbed the class of its second. It robbed the opposite glorious and superb movies of their second to be acknowledged in what was a STRONG yr for docs. And it robbed Summer season of Soul and our group of our second. Of a loud, enthusiastic cheer for a celebrated movie,” Patel added.

Patel continued, “We have been in shock strolling to the stage — not due to profitable however as a result of we, too, have been nonetheless making an attempt to make sense of what occurred. Then Will hugs Ahmir and daps me up. I didn’t even comprehend it was taking place within the second. Nonetheless in shock.”

The producer writes that Thompson dealt with the second with grace, however given all the pieces that was happening, he didn’t hear what Rock was saying onstage.

“What I didn’t hear in that second 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 season of Soul … Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and … 4 white guys.’ WHAT IN THE ACTUAL F—?????”

Patel went on to clarify his anger. “The rationale that makes me SO SO VERY ANGRY is as a result of I used to be so proud to be considered one of a handful of South Asians to have ever gained an Oscar within the historical past of the award. I used to be ecstatic that I used to be the third South Asian to win that night time — after [Riz Ahmed] and Aneil Karia gained earlier within the night time for The Lengthy Goodbye. Three South Asians profitable on the identical night time — that’s by no means occurred earlier than! And it’s significant! It’s historical past!”

He added that Rock wasn’t even correct to say Thompson and “4 white guys” gained, because the movie has solely three producers — Patel, Fyvolent and Dinerstein.

Patel added that he “can take a joke” however “not in that second. … What a sh–ty, disrespectful factor to do. AND HERE’S THE THING. … It wasn’t that Chris Rock was beneath stress. He made the identical joke the night time earlier than onstage on the Roots Jam!”

The producer then wrote of his anger on the numerous gamers within the incident, including that he was “offended at Will Smith. Offended at Chris Rock. Offended for me. Offended for Ahmir. Offended for my fellow filmmakers.”

He concluded his thread by revealing he couldn’t face watching the ceremony once more and “most likely by no means will. … Thanks, Chris — you absolute f—ing di–.

“What each Will AND Chris did actually stained what ought to have been an exquisite second for us,” Patel wrote.

This text was initially printed by The Hollywood Reporter.





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One of many producers behind Summer season of Soul (… Or, When the Revolution May Not Be Televised), awarded the most effective documentary characteristic Oscar instantly within the aftermath of Will Smith’s onstage assault on Chris Rock, took to social media Wednesday not solely to criticize Smith for his actions, but additionally Rock for a…

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