Summer Of Soul Publisher Joseph Patel

Joseph Patel on the Oscars red carpet. (Image courtesy: AFP)


  • “Everything has been turned upside down,” he said
  • “It robs him of his moment category,” he added
  • Chris Rock was there to present the Best Documentary Feature category

Los Angeles:

Joseph Patel, one of the producers Summer of Souls (… Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised), has slammed both Will Smith and Chris Rock for ruining the film’s beautiful moments at the Academy Awards with their quarrels just before the documentary won an Oscar. The Indian-American producer posted a thread on Twitter to explain his views on the incident in which Smith rushed to the stage and slapped Rock for joking about Jada’s wife Pinkett Smith, seconds before Patel and the film team collected their Oscar trophies.

“Ok, here we go with some thoughts and feelings about what happened Sunday night,‘ The Slap ’, if you will,” the publisher said, thanking friends and congratulations for showing “love and support and pure pleasure “.

“It took me a few days to process everything. Still processing it. Once we realized the Chris Rock/Will Smith interaction wasn’t small, it all went upside down. Everyone was still trying to understand it when Chris persevered and started reading the candidates,” Patel said.

Summer of Souls Directed by Roots vocalist Ahmir Thompson, best known by his stage name Questlove.

For the film, Thompson arranged an archival recording never seen before the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival that celebrated African American music and culture, and promoted Black pride and unity.

Patel co -sponsored the film with producers Robert Fyvolent and David Dinerstein.

Explaining that he speaks for himself and not the producer or director, Patel said Smith was “selfish” and robbed the best documentary category of his moment as well as other award -winning films on Sunday night.

He also criticized Rock for equating the three producers as “4 whites”, when in fact he was actually the third Asian American to win an Oscar trophy that night after actors Riz Ahmed and Aneil Karia won for the short film. Goodbye long.

“I think what Will is doing is selfish. It robs the category of his moments. It robs other great and amazing films of their time to be recognized in a STRONG year for documentaries. And it robs them of their time. Summer of Souls and our time team. From loud and spirited cheers to famous movies.

“I feel sorry for Ahmir. I feel sorry for my fellow producers. I feel sad for our whole team. I feel sad for everyone who watched and supported us. We were shocked to walk to the stage – not because we won but also because we were still trying to understand what. that happened, “Patel said.

The publisher said he was still shocked and didn’t know what was going on at the time but praised Thompson for handling the situation “gracefully” through his sincere acceptance speech.

“What I didn’t hear then walking onto the stage but was told afterwards was what Chris Rock said when reading our names from the winners card – The winner was‘ Summer of Soul … Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson and .. 4 white people . ‘ WHAT’S IN THE F *** ACTUALLY ????? ” “The reason that makes me VERY VERY ANGRY is because I am so proud to be one of the few South Asians to ever win an Oscar in the history of the award. I am so happy because I was the third South Asian to win. That night – after Riz and Aneil Karia won early in the night for ‘The Long Goodbye’. Three South Asians won on the same night – that’s unprecedented! And it means! It’s history! ” Patel said it was inappropriate to call them “four white men” when they were three years old and disrespectful if combined without their names being known.

“I’m big – I can joke. Comedians make jokes. But not at the time. What a *****, rude thing to do. AND THIS IS THE THING … It’s not Chris Rock that’s under stress. He’s making jokes that are the same night before on stage at Roots Jam! ”So I was furious. Angry at Will Smith. Angry at Chris Rock. Angry for me. Angry at Ahmir. Angry for my fellow filmmakers, ”Patel said, adding that he would never watch the ceremony again.

The publishers expressed hope that over time, they would be able to separate their accomplishments from what happened during the event.

“I never needed a statue to tell me how good I was-but it definitely helped. And what both Will AND Chris did really tarnished what should have been a beautiful moment for us (sic),” Patel said, concluding the story.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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