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Sean Penn's Cringeworthy Green Card Joke At The Oscars Made A Lot Of People Upset

Some jokes are better left between friends.

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Mexican director Alejandro González Iñárritu and his film Birdman took home four Academy Awards at the 2015 ceremony, including Best Picture.

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Academy Award winner Sean Penn presented the final award, and ad-libbed a joke referring to Iñárritu.

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Though the two are friends and worked together on the film 21 Grams...

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...Many people did not appreciate Penn's joke.

so sad that a Mexican man can win an Oscar for his movie but still be taunted for his immigration status and be insecure in his English

farwz@farwzazFollow

so sad that a Mexican man can win an Oscar for his movie but still be taunted for his immigration status and be insecure in his English

12:10 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

If Inarritu is okay with Sean Penn making green card jokes, cool. But context matters, and lots of people aren't in on that context.

Andrea Garcia-Vargas@AGVwritesFollow

If Inarritu is okay with Sean Penn making green card jokes, cool. But context matters, and lots of people aren't in on that context.

9:45 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Did anyone else feel #seanpenn @seanpenn comment out of place?? #racist

Ricardo Barroso@RicBrrFollow

Did anyone else feel #seanpenn @seanpenn comment out of place?? #racist

9:10 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

#OscarsSoWhite A director of color can't accept an Oscar without being the butt of a racist joke. #Oscars2015

Derrick Clifton@DerrickCliftonFollow

#OscarsSoWhite A director of color can't accept an Oscar without being the butt of a racist joke. #Oscars2015

9:07 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Sean Penn sucks for his "joke." #Oscars2015

Gabe Ortíz@TUSK81Follow

Sean Penn sucks for his "joke." #Oscars2015

9:06 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And some questioned the context.

"Who gave this guy a green card?" Sean Penn talking about a Mexican dude to a room full of British & Australian people...

Mario Lopez@MarioLopezExtraFollow

"Who gave this guy a green card?" Sean Penn talking about a Mexican dude to a room full of British & Australian people...

12:26 AM - 23 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And great job Sean Penn. Ruining a fantastic moment with a green card "joke." #Tacky

Mario Lopez@MarioLopezExtraFollow

And great job Sean Penn. Ruining a fantastic moment with a green card "joke."

#Tacky

9:24 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

And yet nobody asked Eddie Redmayne who gave him his green card...#Iñarritu #Oscars2015

Mariana_Atencio@marianaatencioFollow

And yet nobody asked Eddie Redmayne who gave him his green card...#Iñarritu #Oscars2015

9:27 PM - 22 Feb 15ReplyRetweetFavorite

Controversial joke aside, Iñárritu took the stage and thanked his people and his country in his acceptance speech.

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The two appear to still be friends, and when asked about the joke in the press room after the ceremony, Iñárritu said, "I found it hilarious."

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But considering the reaction, maybe some inside jokes are better off staying inside.

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