Friday, February 27, 2015

Sean Penn criticized for "xenophobic" Green Card joke

Sean Penn's remark about Mexican-born Oscar-winner Alejandro Inarritu's immigration status at the end of Sunday's Academy Awards telecast struck many as an insult, but the director says it was nothing more than a brutal joke between old friends.

In announcing the win for "Birdman," Penn asked, "Who gave this son of a bitch his green card? Birdman."

The term "green card" refers to a document that confers permanent residency to immigrants in the United States.

"I found it hilarious," Inarritu said after the ceremony. "Sean and I have that kind of brutal (relationship) where only true friendship can survive."

Inarritu directed Penn in his 2003 film "21 Grams," and the pair remain friends. Penn posed for pictures with Inarritu after the ceremony.

The director, who won three Oscars on Sunday night, said he has told many similarly brutal jokes at Penn's expense. "I make on him a lot of very tough jokes that I will not tell you," Inarritu said.

Joke or not, the remark struck many online as problematic for an awards ceremony that had been criticized for not having more nominees of color.


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Anonymous said...

The perpetually offended on the part of others are ever ready to raise a fuss over a perceived offense that does not affect them.

Anonymous said...

I'll bet that his comment will be given the liberal pass. Punishment is only for Conservatives.

Anonymous said...

It wasn't offensive, it was actually funny. The problem is, it shows a great deal of hypocrisy on the part of Mr. Penn. His politics are always condemning words like that.

Bird of Paradise said...

Could'nt happen to a nicer little worm and traitor ENJOY THE TJ SEAN

Refuse To Use The Name, Luke said...

Why do you "people" feel the need to attack the 1%? Mr. Penn surely makes a lot more money than you pathetic nincompoops. You should bow in his presence like you do to all the other rich and powerful, like the Koch's.

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Refuse To Use The Name, Luke said...

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