Indian American producer calls Chris Rock a ‘f*cking dick’ for ruining his Oscar-winning moment
‘She looked like me’: Lana Condor and Brenda Song talk Asian representation in entertainment
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Indian American producer calls Chris Rock a ‘f*cking dick’ for ruining his Oscar-winning moment — 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.”
Patel said the “four white guys” jab was pre-planned and not made in duress after the infamous Will Smith slap. He claims that when Rock took the stage the night before, the comedian told those present he was going to make the joke because “I don’t give a f*ck.”
‘She looked like me’: Lana Condor and Brenda Song talk Asian representation in entertainment — Lana Condor and Brenda Song recently joined in conversation while promoting their upcoming projects “Moonshot” and “Dollface” to share their experiences as Asian American women working in Hollywood.
Condor, the 24-year-old Vietnamese American actor who rose to fame in 2018 as Lara Jean in Netflix’s “To All the Boys” series, expressed joy at meeting her idol, telling Song, “You were the sole actor I looked up to as a child because I was like, ‘She looked like me!’”
Thai and Hmong American actor Song, 34, is fondly remembered as London Tipton from Disney Channel’s “The Suite Life,” which ran in the mid-2000s. Song took the moment to share how Asian representation in film and media looked when she was young.
“Growing up for me, like Ming Na Wen was the only Asian American actress on TV that I saw that really inspired me,” she said. “I do not have to be like Jackie Chan or Jet Li to be in this industry.”