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Sean Penn’s Controversial “Green Card” Oscar Joke Defended By Mexican Director

Was that REALLY necessary, sir?

Via NYDailyNews

And the award for most controversial joke at the Oscars goes to… Sean Penn and that “green card” quip.

When presenting the Best Picture Oscar to Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu, the director of “Birdman,” Penn said: “Who gave this son of a bitch his green card?”

Iñárritu and Penn are friends, but Twitter blew up afterward with everything with criticism to bafflement.

After the writer Roxane Gay tweeted, “Did …. that green card joke really happen?” her tweet had was favorited 337 times in under six minutes.

More than a few people were offended, including Twitter user @OKBJGM.

“Hey, Spiccoli, next time you want to make a green card joke, how about you give a latino a chance to joke about your domestic abuse charges?” the poster wrote, referring to Penn’s tumultuous 80s marriage to Madonna.

Despite the 140-character outrage, Señor Iñárritu says he wasn’t the least bit offened. In fact, he got a hearty guffaw out of the whole thing.

“I found it hilarious,” Iñárritu said backstage. “You know, Sean and I have that kind of brutal relation where only true friendship can survive.”

“When I was directing him in ’21 Grams,’ he was always making jokes about that, and I make on him a lot of very tough jokes that I will not tell you. Anyway, we have that kind of relation, of old friendship. I didn’t find it offensive. I think it was very funny, in my personal view.”

If ol’ Alejandro doesn’t have a problem with it, then so be it. But there’s no way in HELL Sean could have made a joke about watermelon or fried chicken to one of his Oscar-winning “black friend” and get a pass.

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