Joseph Patel, producer of the recent Oscar-winning “Summer of Soul,” is blasting Chris Rock for jokingly introducing him and his Best Documentary Feature co-winners as Questlove and “four white guys.”
Patel, who is Indian American, expressed outrage on his now-privated Twitter account Wednesday evening, explaining in a now-deleted thread, “The reason that makes me SO SO VERY ANGRY is because I was so proud to be one of a handful of South Asians to have ever won an Oscar in the history of the award.”
Estie Kung is the 8-year-old actress who was one of the three Asian children who walked out on stage during this year’s Oscars when host Chris Rock made a scathing joke about Asians. There is, unfortunately, more to the story now — Kung, along with her mother Laura, had no idea that her Asian ethnicity would be insulted.
Kung, who has appeared in “Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown,” walked out on stage along with two little boys dressed in tuxedos as Chris Rock introduced them as accountants for the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers:
This year’s Academy Awards host, comedian Chris Rock, may have trumpeted the #OscarsSoWhite theme during the ceremony, but he wasn’t without his own race-themed jokes that caused an uproar on Twitter from the Asian-American community.
Rock made the joke when he credited the auditing firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for accounting this year’s event:
There were a handful of top contenders for Oscar awards last night, but host Chris Rock was the definite winner of the best dad award. The comedian and host of the 88th Academy Awards was disappointed that he wasn’t going to be around during an important time for his two daughters. That was when he had a brilliant idea.