Sean Penn caused an uproar at the end of the Oscars ceremony by making a pretty awful immigration joke while presenting the Best Picture Oscar to Alejandro González Iñárritu.
Right before Penn announced “Birdman” as the winner of the Best Picture category he blurted out “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card”. Many on twitter were furious calling Penn a racist.
The Mexican director seemed to take the comment in stride and dedicated his award to Mexican immigrants in his acceptance speech.
It is worth noting that Penn and Inarritu have worked together before and that the joke may have been a friendly one, but it definitely wasn’t the wisest thing to say in public at an event that has been heavily criticized for not being inclusive of minorities.